$31,000 donated

LIONS Club of Cohuna president, Keith Cummins has been installed as leader for another year.
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He was installed at the club’s changeover dinner on Thursday night.

Lions members from around the district and local community groups celebrated the club’s achievements.

It was a more low-key event than last December’s changeover dinner at the Cohuna Memorial Hall, which also doubled as the club’s 50th anniversary.

Club life member, Laurie Achard had the honour of officially inducting Mr Cummins as president for the 2013/14 year.

“Communities survive on volunteers and our club continues to support the community,” he said.

Mr Cummins listed the yearly achievements of the service club in his president’s speech.

Cohuna Lions raised more than $31,000 during the last financial year for a number of local organisations including the Cohuna District Hospital, Cohuna Retirement Village, Cohuna Fire Brigade, Cohuna Guides, Cohuna Scouts, Murray to Moyne and all three schools in the town.

The Bridge to Bridge multi-sport event in March raised $9000 for CDH, while almost $11,000 went towards the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal.

This year also saw the club move its meeting headquarters to the senior citizens rooms at the Cohuna Memorial Hall, with the easier access making it possible for all members to attend functions.

Bill Bruns received an award for 35 years of service to the club, while young volunteer Emily Rigg was presented with an honouary Lions polo shirt and recognised for her achievements towards the local organisation.

President’s awards were given to Lee Walkington and Jeanette Kline for their commitment and dedication to Lions.

Two dedicated members, Alan Patterson and George Payne left the club during the past year to spend more time with their family, but the Cohuna gained Ian Ridgway, who is new to the area after moving from Western Australia.

The Lions Club of Cohuna board for 2013/14: president Keith Cummins; secretary Jeanette Kline; directors Laurie Archard, Malcolm McLennan, Ian Ridgway and Norm Walkington; treasurer Bill Bruns; lion tamer Allan Walkington; tail twister Greg Wood and membership chairman Julian Lee.

INSTALLED: Lions Club of Cohuna life member Laurie Archard congratulates Keith Cummins on being installed as president of the club for another year.

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Change in the Sheep Health Statement

The Minister for Primary Industries and Small Businesses Katrina Hodgkinson has announced from July 1, the Sheep Health Statement (SHS) is no longer mandatory.
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The minister released a statement discussing the change in regulation.

“In line with the NSW government policy of reducing regulation and minimising red tape, the decision has been made to no longer mandate the use of the SHS,” Ms Hodgkinson said.

“The use of the SHS and Regional Biosecurity Plans is encouraged through advice and communication rather than a regulatory compliance regime,” she added.

Some sheep vendors agree with her, believing the system may have become too bureaucratic.

George Merriman from the Merryville Sheep Stud in Boowora, NSW said most of his clients bought on reputation.

“If clients request the SHS, we give it. But the vast majority don’t worry about it because they know our status and they can buy with confidence,” he said.

“I agree if buyers want to have some kind of confidence, but mandatory is overkill.”

Members of the Sheepmeat Council of Australia (SCA) still stress to farmers the importance of the document, particularly with the recent addition of Ovine Johnes’ Disease (OJD) to the comprehensive questionnaire.

“It’s important because it provides information about lice, foot rot, OJD and Ovine Brucellosis,” SCA CEO Ron Cullen said.

“It reduces the impact on those who have these diseases and stops those who don’t from getting them.”

Dubbo Vet Hospital veterinarian Dr Mark Carter believes this document can stop extra stress and expense down the track.

“Trading sheep is a pre-meditated enterprise, producers should take the time to fill in the form for the animals they are selling and buyers should take the time to interpret the document,” Dr Carter said.

“If they do not assess the risk they must bear the cost of treating and managing disease in their sheep.”

The statement has recently been reworked to become a straightforward document, making it more enticing to sheep buyers and sellers.

“The SHS is a document that’s been around for some time. It’s become simpler and more effective,” Mr Cullen said.

SCA president Ian McColl believes the SHS can make a difference to the future of farming.

“It’s up to the buyers whether they want to access it or not. It’s for the better, not just for the grower, but for the industry as a whole.

“It gives us a greater level of understanding, as an industry, the SHS improves biosecurity, making for a sustainable and profitable future,” Mr McColl said.

While Mr Merriman understood the value of biosecurity, he believed it should be a personal decision, not something mandated from the government.

“If there’s individuals who want biosecurity, fair enough. But don’t drag the rest of us into it,” he said. “People are big enough and sensible enough to realise there are risks.”

The Sheep Health Statement is no longer mandatory

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Disappointment following electorate proposal

RESIDENTS and a local politician have expressed their disappointment regarding a proposal to abolish the Victorian Electorate of Rodney.
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The Electoral Boundaries Commission released its proposed State electoral boundaries review last Thursday, recommending removing the Rodney electorate and realigning neighbouring electoral boundaries.

The review found the Rodney and Swan Hill electorates had significantly less voters registered in these areas compared with the State quota of 41,473 people.

The Swan Hill electorate had 20.44 per cent less voters than the required quota, with the Rodney electorate also having a low total.

To ensure there was equal representation in the region, the review recommends abolishing the Rodney electorate, which covers Gunbower and Echuca.

These towns would be represented in a realigned electorate of Swan Hill, which covers the area between Nyah West, Ultima, Boort, Pyramid Hill, Rochester and Kyabram.

Member for Rodney, Paul Weller described the review as a backwards step for the people of rural and regional Victoria.

“With regards to the first draft of the changes to Victoria’s electoral boundaries, the crucial issue is the loss of representation for rural and regional Victoria,” he said.

Mr Weller said over time, electorates may get out of balance because of demographic changes and redivision is necessary to restore the balance.

“This is all very well, however I believe that the focus should be on the proper representation of rural and regional people and that’s what I’ll be fighting for,” he said.

“The seat of Rodney is one of the original electorates centred on one of the fastest growing cities in the northern region and it seems to make little sense to have it eliminated.

“I am very disappointed that important rural seats have been compromised.”

Neighbouring Swan Hill is held by his Nationals colleague, Peter Walsh, who is deputy leader and Minister for Agriculture and Food Security and Minister for Water.

Cohuna Progress Association president, Denise Morrison said the proposed changes would be “devastating” for the district.

“Again we feel like we are being swallowed up by bigger towns and people who live in them who have no idea of how our community operates and what our needs are,” she said.

“Paul Weller has been a great advocate for Cohuna and Leitchville; he understands our area and has many contacts that he can call upon if he feels an issue needs addressing.

“The boundary change is another way country communities are becoming disenfranchised so they have no power to make their own decisions. It will be very disappointing if this goes through.”

Written submissions will be accepted by the commission until July 29, with public hearings planned for August. Information regarding submitting a response is available atwww.ebc.vic.gov.au

Final boundaries will be published in October, and will be used for the first time during next year’s State election.

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Rain dampens roadworks hopes

Glen Innes Severn Council has vowed to do everything possible to fast-track road works in Grey Street as soon as weather conditions improve.
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Mayor Colin Price apologised to businesses and residents for the disruption to business currently being experienced.

He said it was most regrettable that the unexpected winter rainfall over the last weeks had delayed final works.

“Clearly no one could have anticipated that we would have such persistent rain while these road works are under way,” Councillor Price said.

“The weather is beyond our control.

“We conducted extensive planning to ensure these works could be completed with the least possible disruption to business and the Celtic Festival. The professional advice following test sampling did not predict the major drainage issue under the eastern lane, which became apparent only after excavation started.

“Our priority now is to ensure that work resumes as soon as the weather allows the crews to get back on the job. We are keen to start them now, but this work cannot be done until the roadway is dry – otherwise the job will not be done thoroughly and the road will have to be dug up again sometime in the future.

“We have our contractor on standby ready to finish work as soon as possible. It may, however, need up to a week of sunny weather before the surface is dry enough for works to recommence.

“In the meantime, I would ask business owners and customers to be understanding, in the knowledge that we want to finish this project as quickly as they do.”

Cr Price said he would shortly be visiting business owners along Grey Street to see if council can work with them to reduce the impact of the project.

Most of the businesses have rear access parking via Grover’s Lane or Innes Lane and pedestrian access has been maintained to the business frontages. Council is encouraging shoppers to actively continue using the Grey Street businesses.

“We are here to help our businesses – that is why we undertook these road works in the first place,” Cr Price said.

“We want to ensure Grey Street is in the best possible condition so we can encourage more business and give customers the best possible experience. In the long term these road works will improve business, but now we just need a break in the weather so we can resume work.”

The roadworks on Grey St are getting even further behind with the wet weather

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New owners take charge at Stawell Newsagency 

STAWELL – Stawell Newsagency is now under new ownership,with Ian and Denise Pappin officially taking over the business yesterday.
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Ian and Denise were handed the keys to the premises by RossLumley, ending a long association between the newsagency and the Lumley name.

Ross’ father George purchased the newsagency in 1962 andoperated the business until 1990 when it was sold. After a break of 17 years,Ross Lumley then purchased the newsagency in 2007.

Ross, who owns and operates Stawell Lotto and Books in MainStreet, said it wasn’t a difficult decision to sell the newsagency.

“It was just time for a change,” he said.

Ian and Denise Pappin take over the Stawell Newsagency, bothwith a wealth of experience in business. Their business ventures have led themto New South Wales, Queensland, Tasmania and now they have settled back intoVictoria.

The couple has purchased a property on the outskirts ofStawell, which is exactly what they were looking for.

“We really wanted to return to Victoria, that was ourfirst motivation,” Denise said.

“I was retiring and wanted some acreage and foundStawell was the ideal place to settle. It looked like a great spot to live, sowe went for it.

“As for purchasing the newsagency, we have both been inbusiness in the past and we saw this as a new venture for us.”

Ian and Denise have now been in Stawell for two and a halfyears and enjoy being part of the community.

While the couple do plan to make some changes to thenewsagency over time, one thing that they are committed to maintaining is thecurrent staff base.

This will ensure customers receive the same friendly servicethat has been synonymous with the Stawell Newsagency for many years.

“We will be retaining all the current staff, so ourcustomers will see the same friendly faces and receive the same friendlyservice,” Ian said.

“We won’t be making any huge changes, just small thingsalong the way, but we both feel it is important to have the same staff on boardwho know the business and relate well with the customers.”

Ian and Denise are also planning to conduct several in-storepromotions to benefit their loyal customers over time and support the communitywhere they can.

New owners of the Stawell Newsagency, Denise and Ian Pappin, accept the keys from previous owner, Ross Lumley. Picture: MARCUS MARROW

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Local trust gone

THE  decisions made for Copeton Waters State Park are out of the hands of the Copeton Waters Park Trust and controlled by the newborn NSW Holiday Parks Trust.
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From yesterday, Copeton is one of 34 public holiday and recreational parks across the state to be regulated by the new trust.

All existing State Park Trusts will be dissolved. The news originates from the office of NSW Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner, Minister for Trade and Investment, of which Crown Lands are a part.

Though they knew the change was imminent, it leaves Larry Cameron, the outgoing chairman of Copeton Waters Park Trust with a sour taste in his mouth.

“The trust was formed some 45 years ago and many local citizens have devoted thousands of hours of their time and management skills to make the park what it is today.

“It is on their behalf I register my disgust and anger.”

Trust vice-chairman Les Moulds said he was “very disappointed that the local involvement has been taken out of Copeton”.

He said both he and Larry Cameron had put their names forward for the Holiday Parks Trust Board but their applications had been rejected.

Mr Cameron said nobody from any trust from all 34 parks even got an interview.

The new trust board will be chaired by Alan Revell, an experienced company director, property industry executive and principal of the Barton Property Group.

Other members are Bunnings’ major projects director Matthew Toohey, who has 20 years’ experience in the commercial property sector and Margaret Haseltine, professional board director and Mars Foods’ former senior executive.

The executive general manager of Crown Lands and the chief executive officer of Destination NSW also join the board as ex-officio appointees.

Word from Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner’s office is one of reassurance and consideration.

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Tigresses pushed by Bemboka

A STRONG secondhalf performance was enough to ensure Wolumla took home the points in their FarSouth Coast Football Association round nine ladies match against anunderstrength Bemboka Braves at Wolumla on Sunday.
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Wolumla werecamped in Bemboka’s half for the majority of the match, but inability toconvert opportunities prevented the locals from scoring.

The home side wasslow out of the blocks, and it wasn’t until mid-way through the first half thatit troubled the scoreboard attendant.

Despite resilientdefence, Bemboka was unable to weather the storm after striker Katrina Oldhamfound an open net to score.

It was Wolumla’sonly points of the half and Bemboka went into the break happy with theirperformance, while the Tigers looked a little rattled.

The second halfdid not start well for Bemboka. The Braves went into the match with only 10players, but were reduced to nine after one of their players fell ill.

With numbersacross the ground, the Tigers quickly found their rhythm to continue theirdomination, with goals being scored accordingly.

Oldham score hersecond, while fellow striker Ayla Smith also bagged two.

Mid-fielder andplayers player Amy Cullen score the goal of the match with a perfect headerfrom corner.

Tigers co-coachKirsty McPaul said although she was happy to come away with the points, herside was guilty of complacency.

“Wolumla wasn’tour usual selves, although we passed well we couldn’t finish with a lot ofshots going wide of the mark,” she said.

“I think we wentinto the match a little too complacent and it showed in the first half. We weremissing a few key players which didn’t help our cause, but to the ladies creditwe came out in the second half to go with the job.”

Wolumla weremissing Caitlin Johnson, Jovita Carpenter and Natalie Adams, who wereunavailable, while replacements such as Amy Legge stood up on the day.

“Bemboka didreally well to defend with only 10, then nine players in the second half tokeep themselves in the match at only 1-0 down at half time,” McPaul said.

“Wolumla’s AmyLegge on the wing showed huge improvement and determination, while Katrinascored her first double of the season.

“The team iswhere it wants to be at this stage of the season. We’re in second place at themoment and we’ll look to improve on every week heading into the semi-finals.”

The ladies arethree points behind Eden on the table.

The competitionwill have a general bye this weekend before Wolumla gets their next crack atthe competition leaders on July 14.

“We lost to Edenearlier in the season 1-0, so the next game will be a real test as to see howwe’re shaping up,” McPaul.

In the firstgrade men’s match, Wolumla proved too strong for Pambula defeating the Penguins4-2, with Matthew Legge and Matt O’Reilly best on ground for the locals.

In the club’sonly loss of the day, reserve grade succumbed to Bemboka 1-nil.

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POLL: Funds flow for Eden port

A host of key projects, including a major wharf upgrade, have been announced by Eden-Monaro MPMike Kelly on his way to Eden this morning.
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The announcements are hoped to be the catalyst for much-needed maritime and tourism growth.

On Tuesday heconfirmed crucial federal funding of $10 million for the $24.5 million EdenPort Strategy Infrastructure project.In the next breath he announced the port had been chosen to import wind farm components for the high country, with the first phase to start in March 2014.

Then, confirmation a wave energy test buoy will soon be installed in Twofold Bay.

Dr Kelly is expected to formally make his announcement at 12.30pm today (Tuesday) at Eden Wharf.

The $10 million funding comes from the Regional Development Australia fund round four, designed for shovel-ready key infrastructure projects in towns with populations less than 30,000.It will fund the creation of a safer port to cater for larger vessels such as cruise ships, cargo ships and oil field supply vessels as well as recreational craft.

Dredging to nine metres will create a 150m-wide navigation channel into the port, to allow vessels with a draft of up to 9m to berth at a platform instead of anchoring in Twofold Bay, or avoiding the port altogether.

“The Port of Eden is a fantastic asset for us, the best deep water port in Australia, and we will finally be taking advantage of its potential,” Dr Kelly said.

“Not only will this bring up to 2000 passengers into Eden every week, but I have talked to Deane’s buslines about running tailored packages throughout the region – showing off our Indigenous cultural experiences, historic villages, boutique wine and food, fishing and the High Country.”

Other infrastructure includes a fixed-panel wave attenuator, navigation and circulation infrastructure and road upgrades to cater for heavy vehicle access.

For pedestrians, there is a 500m boardwalk that will connect the port to the Eden CBD and Cattle Bay.The funding comes with the expectation it will be matched dollar for dollar by local, state governments and private investors.

The NSW Government has previously indicated it will invest $5m, while Bega Valley Shire Council, the applicant, will come to the table with $2m.The remaining $6.5m is expected to be raised through private investment.

Dr Kelly reconfirmed his dream to make the Bega Valley the silicon valley of Australia, adding he had been in talks with private investors who are keen to visit Eden to with a view to investing in renewable energy and other technologies.

In a nutshell:

– Import wind farm components from March, 800 truck movements a day.

– Wave energy test buoy to be installed.

– Private investors keen to visit Eden.

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St Pat’s player’s home town mourns

FUNERAL arrangements have not yet been finalised for StPat’s rugby league player Brendon Collits, whose death has shocked the club.
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Mr Collits was killed when his car left the road and strucka tree at Mandurama on Saturday afternoon while he was driving back to Bathurstfrom his home town of Forbes.

He had celebrated his 23rd birthday on Friday.

St Pat’s cancelled its scheduled Group 10 matches againstOrange CYMS on Sunday as players struggled to come to terms with the news.

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Residents of Forbes, and the nearby village of Eugowra,where Mr Collits has family ties, are also struggling to come to terms with thenews.

Mr Collits is the son of a wellknown Forbes couple, Mark andKath, and a brother to Jonathon and Laura.

The Forbes Advocate reported that Mr Collits was known inthe town due to his popularity and sporting ability shown during his schoolyears. He was school captain at Forbes Primary, and had representative honoursin athletics, rugby league, touch football and cricket during his time atForbes High.

St Pat’s player-coach Mick Armstrong said on Sunday thathe’d had contact with Mr Collits’ parents.

“Brendon’s dad Mark came in to see us and told us to keepour heads up,” he said.

“I can’t imagine what Mark and Kath are going through, butthey are being incredibly strong.

Brendon Collits.

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Heritage listing

BECAUSE UNESCO has expanded Tasmania’s World Heritage area listing (The Examiner, June 25), can we expect a substantial cheque is in the mail from the UNESCO World Heritage Committee? Probably not.
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And that will mean an even greater burden on the Tasmanian budget to finance the maintenance of these areas.

Of course supporters of these added listings will point to the economic advantages that will come as a result.

We should be saying to those supporters “show us the colour of your money”.

There is no evidence that vast areas of World Heritage make any financial contributions of significance to the economy, but indisputable evidence that costs to the state are considerable and now will increase.

Furthermore, because many of these new listings extend the boundaries of previous listings, will the demand now be made to protect these “new boundaries”?

– TREVOR G. COWELL, Perth.

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