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Bluey winner returns in judging role

THE overall winner of the Blue Heeler Film Festival is given the sought-after Bluey.
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Last year’s recipient was Caitlin Bray, for her short film titled Two Young.

“It was a shock at first ‘cause I wasn’t expecting it,” she said of being named the overall winner of the festival for 2014.

She first entered the competition in its inaugural year in 2013.

Miss Bray said it was such an enjoyable experience that she wanted to enter it again.

“It was a really nice atmosphere,” she said.

The young film-maker has returned to the film festival this year as a judge.

“It was a different experience,” she said.

“I was thinking this is how they marked me last year.”

Miss Bray is encouraging people to enter the competition in 2016.

“Nothing is wrong in film, really,” she said.

The 19-year-old is planning on doing more film work in the future, and is studying film courses at university.

RETURN STINT: The recipient of last year’s Bluey Caitlin Bray was a judge for the 2015 Blue Heeler Film Festival.

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Rain worth its weight in gold!

The heavy falls of rain this week throughout the Parkes district are worth their weight in gold – absolutely! The heavy falls of rain this week throughout the Parkes district are worth their weight in gold – absolutely!
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This is the opinion of local agronomist, Peter Yelland of PY Agronomy who said the rain could not have been timed better.

“It’s not often we get a significant rain event at this time of the year,” he said.

“In fact, it is quite rare.”

Mr Yelland said the rain was widespread, with between 30 and 60 millimetres recorded throughout the Parkes shire.

“Tullamore may have received more, and Condobolin a minimum of 25mms.

“It was incredibily well timed and will not only be beneficial for cropping, it will provide feed and water for livestock producers and will have an immediate impact on the livestock markets but more importantly it will provide farmers with a big boost in confidence.

“We’ve been through a tough year to date, with rainfall well below average, and six to eight weeks without any rain at all.

“For cropping and livestock, this is perfect.

“Very little grazing crops have been sown, so this will mean sowing in the next week or so.”

Mr Yelland said had the rain not fallen, some farmers may have changed their cropping programs.

“It wasn’t at a critical stage, but it was worrying.

“Canola area for example may have been significantly reduced if this rain hadn’t fallen.

“Now farmers can follow through with their cropping programs as planned.

“Sub-soil moisture is always vital, so this will help build that up and allow sowing to commence right on time, which is most critical to cropping enterprises.

“It was worth its weight in gold – absolutely!”

Mr Yelland also was delighted for the farming community further north.

“More importantly, and it is not in our area, but up north around Coonamble and Moree, they were really suffering tough times and this was fantastic for them, however it looks like the north west may have missed out as they enter their third year without significant rainfall.”

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Parkes Mayor Ken Keith was also rejoicing at the arrival of important rain.

He said the rain had come at an opportune time.

“We had 64mms over the Easter weekend and its been a delightful break in the weather,” he said.

“We’d only had 5mms in the preceding two months.

“So it’s actually set up a nice autumn and the opportunity to sow some winter feed.

Councillor Keith said the rains came just as he was preparing for the worst.

“We were basically in drought mode,” he said.

“Many of the dams on our property were dry and we were lot feeding the sheep rather than letting them denude the countryside. So yes it was getting very tight.

“From a water perspective, we were really gearing ourselves for another drought.”

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Emily’s All Stars shine bright

EMILY Manning’s love of dancing began at five years of age.
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And, although she has about 12 years’ experience, it all started when a friend asked her to go to dance class with her.

The dancer took a few years’ break from the pastime for work, but she has recently taken up the challenge of building her own studio.

About four years ago she opened a studio, but this year saw a fresh start for the centre with a name change and relocation.

Platinum Dance Centre opened at its new home in Market Lane, Muswellbrook, with five teachers including Miss Manning.

Change can bring excitement, but on top of all the success of the studio, Miss Manning decided to start a class.

Platinum All Stars began in February, and is a class for children living with disability.

“I just wanted to give opportunity for all the kids to be able to dance,” she said of the new class.

And, she has found that being a part of Platinum All Stars means the world to the eight or nine students involved.

“They’re loving it,” she said.

“I love seeing them come in every week with the biggest smiles on their faces.

“They tell me about their week – they’ve become a part of the family.”

Miss Manning also hopes to give opportunities to Upper Hunter students to learn from the best in the country.

This includes bringing professionals from places including Melbourne and Cairns to host workshops.

“I’m trying to make everything available for us little country people,” she said.

It has been a whirlwind few years for the local businesswoman.

Her initial expectation of 120 enrolments has been exceeded, and with 260 students and counting, the studio looks as though it is on the rise.

“It’s been bigger and better than I ever expected,” she said.

Miss Manning loves seeing all the students excel.

She has people as young as two at her studio, right through to those in their 40s, learning skills from jazz and hip hop, to classical ballet and contemporary.

he said dancing not only gives people a chance to build their confidence, but also meet new people, and she loves seeing the look on students’ faces when they accomplish a new feat.

There are classes at Platinum Dance Centre from Monday to Friday.

For more information on Platinum All Stars, or other classes, contact Emily on 0434 674 157.

LOVE OF DANCING: Emily Manning.

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Police find cannabis plant in Muswellbrook paddock

HUNTER Valley Local Area Command officers have discovered a cannabis plant worth an estimated $5000 in a paddock on Muswellbrook’s Thomas Mitchell Drive.
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The plant was found over the Easter long weekend, presenting officers with their first discovery of cannabis in four months.

Several other plants were also sighted on the outskirts of Muswellbrook, with police seizing a quantity for their investigations.

Hunter Valley crime manager, Detective Inspector Timothy Seymour, said police would continue to “detect, remove and prosecute any person cultivating cannabis”.

Apart from the discoveries, Detective Inspector Seymour said it had been a relatively quiet long weekend for local officers.

“We did contribute to Operation Tortoise with RBT and traffic enforcement [and] we were thankful that the HVLAC was fatality free for the Easter period,” he said.

However, police have urged drivers to pay more attention on NSW roads after four people were killed over Easter.

Almost 244,000 breath tests were conducted as part of Operation Tortoise, resulting in 298 drink driving charges.

There were also nearly 5000 speeding fines issued and 222 positive results from Random Drug Tests.

Anyone with information on illegal activities are urged to call Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.

DISCOVERY: Hunter Valley Local Area Command officers found a cannabis plant in Muswellbrook on the long weekend.

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Knock knock, Salvation’s here

Majors Christine and Graham Longbottom from the Salvation Army at Bowral are gearing up for this year’s Doorknock Appeal. Photo by Bodhi Todd
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LEND a hand and knock on a neighbour’s door this May.

The Salvation Army is in need of volunteers to participate in this year’s Red Shield Doorknock Appeal.

This year will be the 50th year of the appeal, which aims to raise $9.5 million through this year’s door knocking efforts.

The Salvation Army provides around 100,000 meals for hungry people, 2000 beds for homeless people, helps 3000 elderly people with aged care services, provides refuge to 500 victims of abuse and distributes up to 8000 food vouchers.

The humanitarian services offered by the Salvos are designed to help put lives back together.

Salvation Army majors Christine and Graham Longbottom have been involved with the Southern Highlands branch of the Salvos for more than five years.

“It’s great to be involved with the fiftieth year of the Red Shield collection,” Mr Longbotom said.

“The Salvation Army has a long association with the military and service for this country, there were chaplains that served in the wars and as it’s also the 100th year of Anzacs it’s a really important year for us.”

Local schools are welcome to get involved in the Doorknock efforts, as Frensham and Moss Vale High School do each year.

“It’s great having the schools on board as we’re able to cover a much greater area,” Mrs Longbottom said.

“Frensham do a lot of Mittagong and Moss Vale High School covers a lot of their local area.”

“We’d love to have more schools on board.”

Mr Longbottom said volunteer door knockers were crucial to make the appeal a success.

“We really need door knockers or people who are able to spend some time taking donations over May 30 and 31,” he said.

“Anyone who will have a couple of hours free that weekend on either Saturday or Sunday can door knock, even if it’s just in their own area,” Mrs Longbottom said.

“People can select a street or a block they’d like to do and take responsibility of that particular area.”

Young people are welcome to become involved in the event, although it is recommended they do so with a family or school group.

“We are always grateful for the ongoing support and generosity of the community here as without it we wouldn’t be able to help people in need,” Mr Longbottom said.

Schools who would like to participate can get more information at salvos.org419论坛/redshield

To donate call 4861 3912, visit the Salvation Army website or make a donation at any Westpac branch.

To join the Red Shield Doorknock Appeal in the Southern Highlands, call the Bowral Salvation Army office on 4861 3912.

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