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Firefighters head to Vanuatu

Liverpool Fire Station’s Ross Webster and Robert Duncombe were part of a team, formed as part of the Australian Government’s humanitarian response in Vanuatu. Photo by Simon BennettTWO Liverpool firefighters have returned home after spending 10 days helping people affected by Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu.

Liverpool Fire Station’s Robert Duncombe and Ross Webster, who lives in Moss Vale, were part of a 56-member team, led by Fire and Rescue NSW.

The Australian Urban Search and Rescue Task Force mission was formed as part of the Australian Government’s humanitarian response in Vanuatu.

Mr Duncombe said it was “very” satisfying to be able to help the people of Vanuatu.

The Task Force carried out 50 rapid damage assessments on health, education and government buildings as well as vital infrastructure.

“We were completely self sufficient when were were there and had our own base of operations, with communications, logistics, hygiene and sleeping tents,” Mr Duncombe said.

He said the teams’ work included doing repairs to the Port Vila Hospital and maternity centre, and local schools.

“We spent three days at the hospital repairing the roofs above where the patients stay and in the children’s ward,” he said.

“We also worked in the community and repaired damage that was done at the schools.

“The people did get a little overwhelmed by the way we went in there and fixed the classrooms for all of the kids.””

Fire and Rescue NSW Commissioner Greg Mullins said he was proud of the work done by the task force members.

“The team has gone above and beyond in helping the people of Vanuatu get back on their feet,” he said. ‘

‘We can be sure that the help they provided will be welcomed by those who have suffered great loss as a result of this devastating cyclone.”

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Police briefs April 10

Buy a ticket

POLICE detected a woman attempting to travel on the train without a ticket on Tuesday, April 7 when police were conducting a number of patrols at railway stations.

A local 22-year-old female was spoken to by police about not paying a fare to travel on the train. She received a notice for travel, or attempt to travel, without a ticket.

Everyone is reminded that police will continue to conduct spot patrols and checks at railway stations. Anyone without a valid ticket will be issued with an infringement notice.

Easter crash

THE driver of a Ford Falcon ute with Victorian registration suffered a broken nose and other facial fractures after a crash on the Hume Highway.

At about 5.20pm on Monday, April 6, the Ford was travelling north on the Mittagong Bypass, Hume Highway at Mittagong.

At the time there was heavy Easter long weekend traffic travelling north, which had come to a near standstill. The driver of the Ford realised traffic had stopped and he was travelling too fast.

He braked, but the brakes locked up and the vehicle went into a skid for about 15 metres before crashing heavily into the rear of a Subaru Liberty.

The impact forced the Subaru into the guard rail before it hit the rear of a third vehicle, a silver Toyota Camry.

The driver of the Ford suffered a broken nose and other facial fractures. He was treated by ambulance at the scene. A passenger in that vehicle was treated for shock.

No other injuries were reported.

The Ford ute was a write off and the Subaru was towed from the scene with front and rear damage.

There was minor damage to the rear of the Toyota.

All drivers were breath tested with negative results.

The driver of the Ford was issued with an infringement notice.

Police remind drivers that they must exercise additional caution when travelling on freeways or highways with heavy traffic as accidents which occur while travelling at higher speeds often end in tragedy.

Positive breath test

A P2 driver will face Moss Vale Local Court after he returned a positive breath test in Mittagong.

At about 12.45pm on Monday, April 6, police were performing stationary breath testing on the Old Hume Highway, Mittagong.

It was at this time police observed a small blue vehicle pull over to the side of the road just before the breath testing site.

The vehicle was observed for a few minutes before police approached the driver and requested he supply a sample.

The P2 licenced driver undertook a breath test which returned a positive reading.

He was subsequently arrested and conveyed to Bowral Police Station for the purpose of a breath analysis.

The driver returned a reading of 0.028, a special range reading for a provisional licence holder.

The driver was issued a court attendance notice to attend Moss Vale Local Court.

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Heywood, Kissick off to Morphettville

WAGGA trainer Chris Heywood and jockey John Kissick will head all the way to Adelaide on Saturday with in-form pair High Opinion and Dantains Spirit.

Heywood is eyeing off some feature races in Adelaide with promising staying three-year-old High Opinion and will test him out in Saturday’s listed $80,000 Port Adelaide Guineas (1800m).

“There’s the Derby in about four weeks and a group three over 2000 in the middle,” Heywood said.

“He needs to step up to the plate.

“He needs to run well in this race if we wanted to go that way.”

High Opinion has two wins and five placings to his name from eight starts.

He ran third in the Country Championship heat at Wagga, then was an impressive last start winner over a mile at the Albury carnival.

Heywood expects him to run well.

“I’d expect him to run well obviously, we’re not going there for nothing,” he said.

“I think he’s above average so we’ll put him in the deep end and find out.”

DantainsSpirit will contest the $40,000 3YO Benchmark 70 Handicap (1200m).

Both horses have drawn barrier one.

With a 10-hour truck trip ahead, Heywood said Dantains Spirit is more than just a travelling companion.

“It’s a good race for her and it’s just as easy to send one as it is two,” he said.

“I nominated her for the Town Plate Prelude but I think this is an easier option.

“She’s the second top weight in a $40,000 race, where she was down the list in Prelude, which is $25,000.”

Heywood’s son Nick, a top apprentice, was down to ride both horses but was not allowed given he has not ridden at metropolitan level.

Heywood took Steel Wool to Adelaide last year and finished fourth in a listed race.

ROAD TRIP: Wagga trainer Chris Heywood with High Opinion and Dantains Spirit ahead of the trip to Adelaide. Picture: Kieren L Tilly

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Electrical, mechanical apprentices over the moon

RECRUIT Chloe Harris is over the moon.

The electrical trainee is one of eight new apprentices who’ll be launching their careers in the mining industry at Coal & Allied’s Hunter Valley Operations and Mount Thorley Warkworth mines.

James Shiner, Chloe Harris, Brett Crebert, Corey Taggart and, front, Brad Kirkwood, Maddi Clark and Caitlin Folpp.

The novices are employed through training provider SKILLED andcomplete four-year electrical ormechanical apprenticeships with the open cut coal mines.

“I was so excited when I heard I had an apprenticeship with Coal & Allied and to get one now, especially when the mining industry has slowed, is such a great opportunity,” Miss Harris said.

“I think I told everybody I knew.

“When I was looking for jobs, I’d heard Coal & Allied’s apprenticeship wasreally good because you get a broad range of experience from working at both Mount Thorley Warkworth and Hunter Valley Operations and you meet a huge number of people who you can learn from.

“This opportunity has motivated me to put in 110 per cent to get my Certificate 3 in Electrotechnology and do everything I can to further my career.”

Mount Thorley Warkworth general manager operations Mark Rodgers said Coal & Allied was pleased to welcome the eight locals to the company.

“With the support of our group training partner SKILLED, the new apprentices will receive training and hands onexperience in a safe and supportiveenvironment for their chosen trades,” he said.

“The program provides apprentices with a great start in the mining industry and it allows Coal & Allied to tap into a pool of talented workers, consequently building capacity in the Hunter Valley.

“Our apprenticeship program isjust one of the ways Coal & Allied iscommitted to providing employment opportunities for young people in the region.”

Apprentices complete a six-month study period at the Hunter Institute Muswellbrook Mining Industry Skills Centre where they also learn valuable life skills such as driving, safetyawareness and financial management.

The new recruits will join 29 other apprentices already undertakingtraining at Hunter Valley Operations and Mount Thorley Warkworth.

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Purple power at the ready

PREPARED: New Phantoms captain Bill Bevan during a match last year. The Phantoms are hoping for a big 2015 season on the field. THE Phantoms are eagerly putting final touches on their game plan for this weekend’s first round of the Southern Inland Rugby Union competition.

It is one of the most anticipated seasons to date for the Phantoms, who have enjoyed a successful off-season, picking up a number of recruits and a new co-coach.

The first grade side has also already had on-field success, winning a number of pre-season matches.

Co-coach Liam Ward said players were keen to take the field.

“Everyone is pretty excited,” he said.

“We started pre-season in the second week of January and we’ve been going hard ever since.

“The boys have been working hard on their fitness and their skills.

“I think their fitness at the moment is up their with any other clubs that we’ve already seen this year during pre-season.

“As a group we are raring to go this weekend.”

The Phantoms will hit the road for their first round match against Ag College.

Ward said his side was prepared to take them on.

“Usually early in the year Ag College and very strong, especially on their home turf,” he said.

“We know they are usually a big team that has quality across the field.

“I think this year we will be able to match them.

“We’ve got quality right across the park.

“Our first grade side has been selected to match it with Ag College.

“I’m confident we can get the job done.”

The match will be the first SIRU game for co-coach Seru Rogo, who joined the Phantoms after leading the Griffith Blacks to a premiership last year.

Ward said the Phantoms had everything in place for what he hopes will be a successful year.

“There’s a lot of positivity amongst the group and also just around the club,” he said.

“Everyone is looking forward to getting onto the field.

“The boys want to put into play what we’ve been working so hard on.

“I think Seru said to them the other night at training ‘you’ve done all of the hard work and now it’s time to reap the benefits’.

“Hopefully that’s what we are able to do this weekend and get our year off to a good start.

“I’m confident in the side we have,”

This year the Phantoms also have a new captain in the form of Bill Bevan.

“We’re confident ‘Bevo’ will do a great job,” Ward said.

“He’s been around the club for a long time.

“We’ve got plenty of faith in him.

“He’s already proven to be a good leader and the boys respect him.”

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Stars put final touches on teams’ grand efforts

PARKERS Air Conditioning has taken out the A grade title in the Muswellbrook RSL ladies touch football competition.

They proved too strong for Victorious Secret, winning the decider 6-3.

Kelsey French had a terrific game and was named Most Valuable Player (MVP).

In the A reserve ladies division, the Young Mamba’s team claimed the title with a 4-2 victory over the Ramettes.

Charlee Schmierer was judged the MVP for a strong performance. She was well supported by Micah Boney and Kate Lloyd. Ashlee Ward and Lucky Teetarak were Ramettes’ best.

In the mixed groups, Troublemakers defeated Flexible Business 4-2 in a very close battle. Jarrad Watts scored himself the MVP with a top effort.

Jody’s Team were in top form, winning their encounter over a gallant Y Nots team 9-3. Charlee Schmierer continued her impressive afternoon with a fantastic performance and she won the MVP award.

In an extremely close match, Muswellbrook Cats scraped home 5-4 over an equally impressive Muswellbrook Mufflers team. This was a fantastic game that had it all. Matt Dunn was a worthy MVP winner.

The Z Team had to work hard to get the better of a very determined Forceful side before winning 4-2. Jack Greacen played very well and took the MVP award.

In a great game, Aberdeen turned it on against a very courageous Bengalla side, winning 8-2. Young Hannah Gleeson was everywhere in both attack and defence and deserved her MVP award.

Touch Me had to pull out all stops against Hash Tag to scrape home 4-3.

Brady Curry took the MVP award but a number of youngsters such as Gabie Madden, Eden Tickle and Callan Cridland were also impressive.

Spur Hill Spiders were dominant in their victory over Hunter Valley Premium Meats, winning 6-3. Tyler Wolfgang had a top game and was well supported by Zac Butler, Kelsey French and Beau Harris.

Sheldon Harris had an impressive game for Premium Meats.

The final match was the A grade clash between Pirtek and Muswellbrook Stihl Shop.

It took an extra time drop off to decide a super game of touch football. After getting down to three players a side each, Pirtek threw the ball wide and, with great pace, Jake Parker ran 30 metres to score and give Pirtek a 5-4 victory. Jake Barner was the MVP winner.

Meanwhile, the winners of the junior competition have also been decided.

Every age division from 11-12 years through to the 15-17 provided a fantastic afternoon of action. In the 11-12 girls, Marathon Tyres defeated Hunter Fabrication 3-1.

Heidi Richards took out the Most Valuable Player award as judged by the referees.

Amber Morgan, Abbey Ellis, Daisy Durham and Allyssa Mollema also had top games for their respective teams.

Sculboi Sprinters took the title in the 11-12 boys, winning 7-3 over Rams Lambs. Jayke Claydon was the MVP.

In the 13-14 girls the very strong Picking Daisies team proved too strong for East Coast Supplement Babes team winning 12-1.

Kate Lloyd took out the MVP award with a great game. Jacinta Ballard, Skylar Dever, Lucy Haylen, Bronte Collins and Georgia Dalley performed brilliantly as well.

Wolf Pack were narrow winners of the 13-14 boys division beating Railway Hotel 4-3. Matt Morgan scored himself the MVP award with a strong performance. In the 15-17 boys, Southern Cross showed their class in defeating The Professionals 10-1. Bailey Taylor stood out earning himself the MVP award.

Other players who performed well were Jayden Parker, Bailey Ellis, Zac Butler and Tom Bianco.

TFS All Stars were very strong all season and proved that form with a dominant 15-4 victory over East Coast Supplements in the 15-17 girls.

Ellie Tilse played very well and took out the MVP award. The new season will kick off in September.

LONG BALL: Jhi Taylor throws a pass out wide during an earlier training session.

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Max continues Last Post tradition

Since 1968 Max Mildren has provided the memorable sound of the Last Post at Anzac Day andRemembrance Day ceremonies in Lockhart.

A lung infection damaging half his lungsmay have slowed him down physically but hasn’t affected his ability to play.

“I can’t do a lot but it hasn’t affected by trumpet playing,” Mr Mildren said.

Since starting to play Mr Mildren hasn’t missed a single Anzac Day and only one RemembranceDay when he was having bypass surgery in Sydney.

He plans on continuing to play at ceremonies for as long as his health allows.

His passion for trumpet began as a10-year-old when he joined the Albury City band.

At 12 he started to learn the Last Post.

It took himtwo years to learn it properly.

The hard work paid off and he was namedthe officialbugler for the Albury RSL.

Getting involved with RSLs and playing the last post was inevitable withhis father in the air force,his eldest brother and cousin both in the navy and two of his uncles wounded in World War One in France.

He has played the Last Post all over the Riverina and in north east Victoria.

The 83-year-old has trained countless musicians over the years, never once taking payment for a lesson.

Mr Mildren is the heart and soulof the Lockhart town band.

The band originally closed in 1922 but 40 years ago Mr Mildrenbrought the band back to life.

The band had 32 musicians when it was at it’s best.

The band now has five musicians and 15 learners, five of whom are playing the trumpet.

Mr Mildren hopes he can train one of the five to play the Last Post.

This year he plans to play at Lockhart and Boree Creek.

Bugler: Max Mildren has played the last post at Anzac Day sine 1968.

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