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MUSWELLBROOK Cats will come up against one of the early favourites for the Black Diamond AFL premiership in their first round match at Weeraman Oval on Saturday.
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The Cats finished ninth last season but several new recruits have strengthened the squad ahead of their clash with The Entrance Bateau Bay.

Captain Bryan Martin said the addition of players like Adam Highnam, Jedd Stojakovic, Nigel Smith, Jake Parker and Tate Berry had added much-needed experience and depth.

“Some of the new blokes haven’t played for a while but they’ve got the skill and grew up with the sport so they know it,” he said.

“Once you get over 50 games of experience you really have an understanding of the game, so it helps us out a lot already.

“We’re all relatively fit but in this competition you don’t have to be a super athlete, so you can fit in well if you know the game.”

Martin said Bateau Bay would be tough opponents given their strong recruitment of players over the past few years.

“They’re in a great area down on the Central Coast and they’ve got around 200-plus registered juniors in their camp,” he said.

“They’ll be pretty pacey but I think with what we’ve got, learned and built on from last year that we’ll be alright.”

Martin also praised the work of coach Brian Scott and his assistant Troy Garling over the course of the pre-season.

The Cats head into the game on the back of several indifferent results but Martin said it was all part of the learning process.

Muswellbrook played in the inaugural pre-season carnival, which saw Tamworth, Newcastle City, Maitland and Singleton compete for the first trophy on offer this year.

While the Cats failed to win a match during the carnival, they were able to give players valuable game time.

Tomorrow’s match will start at 1pm and entry is free.

CONTEST: New Cats recruits Jedd Stojakovic and Adam Highnam challenge for the ball on Wednesday.

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Tatyoon’s golden prospect

Navarre Minerals’ exploration manager Wess Edgar surveying the Tatyoon area. Navarre Minerals diagram showing confi rmed basalt dome targets in the region (highlighted in red) including at Tatyoon where drilling commenced this week.
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TATYOON could be the source of the region’s next gold boom with Navarre Minerals commencing a drilling project this week in search of the precious commodity.

The project includes a reverse circulation and diamond drilling program totalling up to 2000 metres across a stretch of land about 1.5 kilometres long near Tatyoon.

The focus will be to collect samples for testing from an interpreted basalt dome structure deep below the surface, with studies suggesting the potential of mineralised sediments which lead to the formation of gold.

Navarre Minerals managing director Geoff McDermott said the exploration project should last three to four weeks.

“We are trying to have it all done before the cropping season begins, so we are working in with the farmers of the area to make sure we are off the ground and have everything tidied up before they start their operations,” he said.

“We will be doing roughly 2000 metres of drilling over about 10 to 15 holes. Individual holes will be anywhere from about 60 metres deep through to about 300.”

Mr McDermott said percussion drilling is a quick process which sees the equipment hammer through rock to the basalt dome where the sample will be collected and logged with geologists.

While Navarre Minerals is hoping to emulate similar grades of gold that have been discovered at Stawell, Mr McDermott ensured that this is not a mining project.

“We’re not allowed to mine, we have an exploration license and our aim is to prove that there is or isn’t gold in the rocks below,” he said.

“We have done all the groundwork to believe that we have a target there. Stawell is the model that we have been using, the Magdala mine, and they are currently mining at roughly four grams of gold per tonne.

“So if we could see four grams over a distance of four or five metres down that would be pretty good. We are hoping to see not only the gold grade, but rock alteration, so minerals such as sulphide.”

Navarre Minerals held a community consultation meeting last month where representatives informed local residents of the exploration procedure.

If enough gold is discovered in thesamples collected at Tatyoon thatmining is warranted, one suggestionis transporting potential ore by railor road to the Stawell Gold Mines forprocessing.

Mr McDermott said NavarreMinerals, based in Stawell, andlandholders at Tatyoon had cooperatedwell during the testing phaseand hoped that continued as drillingcommenced.

“We had some really good discussionswith the Tatyoon people andwhile they are concerned that explorationis going to lead to a mine, wehave been able to allay a lot of theirfears about what we are trying to do.We have been working very closelywith one of the key landholders thatwe plan to drill on,” he said.

“I think one of the importantpoints is that Navarre Minerals is alocal company that lives and worksin the area. We are not from Perthor Melbourne, we are a part of thecommunity and I think they takecomfort from that fact and that ourreputation means a lot to us.

“Without the landholder consentand them being happy, we can’t doour business. That is what we prideourselves on.”

Ancient seafl oor basalt domes arewhere elements in the Earth’s crustare mineralised into gold.

A large section of WesternVictoria, including Stawell andArarat, sits along a major structurefault which houses a number basaltdomes with potential gold in them.

Mr McDermott said NavarreMinerals was keen to explore anumber of sites in the area to seewhat lies beneath.

“We have just been granted anexploration license that coversfrom Ararat to Great Western andwe believe we have another coupleof these types of targets (similarto Tatyoon) that sit around there,which we will be looking into over thecoming weeks and months,” he said.

“We are excited and have ourfingers crossed. We call the drillrig the ‘truth machine’ and we arehoping that it comes up with somegood results.”

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Staph infection rate high at Calvary Mater hospital

THE Hunter’s second biggest hospital has recorded higher rates of the potentially deadly golden staph infection than any other hospital in Australia.
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The Calvary Mater Newcastle Hospital had 15 cases of staph in 2013/14, at a rate of 2.48 cases per 10,000 bed stays.

There were 43 cases at the John Hunter Hospital, the third highest number of cases recorded at a major hospital nationally but with rate of 1.61 per 10,000 bed stays, it fell below the benchmark limit of 2 per 10,000 bed stays.

The results, released by the National Health and Performance Authority on Thursday, highlight the fact that patients are up to three times more likely to catch the bloodstream infection depending on the hospital where they receive care.

Estimates suggest that up to one in three people who experience healthcare-associated Golden Staph, otherwise known as Staphylococcus aureus, die from it or a related cause.

Maitland Hospital recorded an infection rate of 1.52 per 10,000 bed stays, against the peer average of 1.15.

The director of clinical services at the Calvary Mater Newcastle, Roslyn Everingham, said the report must be read in context.

‘‘Calvary Mater Newcastle cares for a very high proportion of highly vulnerable patients with compromised immune systems, which puts them at greater risk of infection,’’ she said.

One-third of the hospital’s acute patients are oncology patients, and three-quarters of the reported cases involved medical oncology or haematology patients, she said.

‘‘Of the 15 reported cases, eight were admitted to the hospital as inpatients with the others receiving care as outpatients.’’

The hospital had worked hard to lower rates of infection, she said.

‘‘Calvary Mater Newcastle has a rigorous policy of surveillance testing, which highlights early signs of infection to allow prompt intervention and lessens the risk of morbidity and mortality.’’

Business awards fast approaching

Tickets to the Fairfield City Local Business Awards where the 2015 category winners will be announced are selling fast.
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The Master of Ceremonies for the evening, Channel Nine’s Paul Hancock, features on Mornings with Sonia Kruger and David Campbell.

Sponsors who have made the awards program possible and successful include the major sponsors Fairfield City Council, Club Marconi and TrueLocal and support sponsors Stockland Wetherill Park, Neeta City Shopping Centre, Bonnyrigg Plaza, Fairfield Forum Shopping Centre, Siena Events and Fairfield city Chamber of Commerce.

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Program for Anzac commemorative events during April

Saturday April 18
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Centenary of ANZAC Sports Service

2.30pm Wingham Sporting Complex, Centenary of Anzac Service prior to 1st Grade rugby league game, Wingham v Port City.

Bugler: John Thompson. Program as arranged with Wingham Rugby League Club. MC: Craig Martin and Allan Skinner.

RSL to conduct Anzac service on behalf of the Wingham Tigers. All welcome.

Sunday April 19

9am Anzac Commemoration Service at Wingham Uniting Church, morning tea to follow at the Church Hall.

2pm Wingham Memorial Town Hall: Centenary of Anzac combined church service.

The Ministers Fraternal will be conducting this service for the Sub Branch and the community.

Bugler: John Thompson. Ode: Eric Richardson OAM.

Monday April 20

10am Brush Day Club: Tony Ryan.

Friday April 24

5.30pm Anzac service at Wingham Cemetery gates.

Bugler: John Thompson. All members and public welcome.

Flag, Cenotaph: Ted Bowen.

Saturday April 25

Dawn Service

5am: muster at the corner of Isabella and Queen Streets.

5.25am:short march to the Wingham Town Hall, led by cadets.

5.35am: dawn service at cenotaph. Speaker: Wingham High School captain Mathew Niksic accompanied by Mikayla Peckett.

Chaplain: Rev Darrel McKeough.

Upon completion at approximately 6am: Gunfire breakfast at the Wingham & District Memorial Services Club.

Anzac Day march and service

9am: muster Bent Street outside Wingham Services Club, schools by the big log in Central Park.

9.30am: parade to commence to march to the Wingham Town Hall via Bent and Farquhar Streets. Colour Party: Denham Callanan, Jannah Gillet, Emily Page, Tahlia Gill.

10.15am: Anzac service at the Wingham Town Hall. Speaker: Wingham High School Captain Maitlin Brown accompanied by Jake Irvine. Chaplain: Rev Darrel McKeough. Cenotaph Flag: Ted Bowen.

11.15am service concludes followed by the Diggers lunch at the Wingham Services Club 11.30am to 1.30pm. Non Sub Branch members cost $20 for two course meal and drink ticket.

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Touch of Italy in our backyard

THE beautiful Broke Fordwich area will once again be on show for the annual Little Bit of Italy Festival this weekend.
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Anne-Maree McLoughlin and Catherine Boulton

It started off as an intimate dinner party catered by an Italian chef but has now grown into a burgeoning festival attracting more than 3000people to area every year.

“It’s been brilliant and really put the Broke region on the map,” Broke Tourism’s Eden Anthony said.

“We want people to discover all we have to offer including some of the best wines in the Hunter Valley.

“It’s not just great food, wine and activities inspired by la dolce vita but also the fantastic views.”

The format hasn’t changed for this weekend with people encouraged to go on a journey from one vineyard to the next.

First stop is the passport office at the Broke Fire Station, opposite the general store, where you can pick up apassport, map and winetasting glass.

The passport is stamped when you visit participating venues and if you visit more than four venues you can go into a $2000 prize draw.

The festival is on both Saturday and Sunday between 10am and 4.30pm.

Shuttle buses will available every day from only $5.

Participating venues this year are Ascella Pure Wines, River Flats Estate & Bare Nature’s Kin, Catherine Vale Wines, Glenguin Estate, Krinklewood Biodynamic Vineyard, Lavender Ridge, Margan Family Winegrowers, Mount Broke Wines, Nightingale Wines, Somerville Wines, Stomp! Wines, and Whispering Brook.

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GALLERY: The Hills Centenary of Anzac cannon dedication

GALLERY: The Hills Centenary of Anzac cannon dedication Buglar Lachie Day
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Piper Bob Whitson.

The Dedication of the Anzac Centenary Cannon at Castle Hill RSL.

The Dedication of the Anzac Centenary Cannon at Castle Hill RSL.

Group president Warren Glenny addresses the crowd.

Antoinette Sarkis; whose family donated the cannon.

His Excellency Bishop Antoine Charbel Tarabay

Antoinette & George Sarkis; donators of the cannon

Piper Bob Whitson & Bugler Lachie Day

Dominic Perrottet MP lays a wreath

The Dedication of the Anzac Centenary Cannon at Castle Hill RSL.

The Dedication of the Anzac Centenary Cannon at Castle Hill RSL.

Buglar Lachie Day; The Last Post

Director Smith recites The Ode.

Piper Bob Whitson & Buglar Lachie Day. Lest We Forget.

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Driver behaviour praised

Heavy traffic on Ararat s eastern entry last Friday. Picture: PETER PICKERINGPOLICE have praised the behaviour of road users across the Northern Grampians Police Service Area (PSA) during the busy Easter period.
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More than 150 offences were detected during the five day Operation Crossroads. Speeding drivers accounted for more than three quarters of all offences detected.

Northern Grampians PSA Inspector Ian Lindsay said most motorists exercised patience and followed the road rules.

“It was very encouraging for the Northern Grampians PSA in that there was no fatalities recorded and serious road trauma was down significantly,” he said.

“There was a lot of vehicle traffic right up until Friday evening, the traffic was quite heavy up towards Halls Gap and into Stawell and Ararat.

“Considering the large attendance and vehicle traffic and movement within the area, people have listened to the message and understood about planning their trip.

“Messages about tolerance and respect on the roads seem to have got across.”

Insp Lindsay said police conducted almost 3000 road side breath tests over the five day holiday period with just 12 positive results.

“It was a good weekend, I would like to extend my thanks and appreciation for the community and travellers that have heeded the road safety message,” he said.

Offences detected across the Northern Grampians PSA during Operation Crossroads included:

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Fish and Chip Luncheon at Willaura raised $19,000 on Good Friday

John Nuske sat down to enjoy his fi sh and chip lunch with granddaughter Dana. Picture: PETER PICKERING. VOLUNTEERS involved in this year’s Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal Fish and Chip Luncheon and games day at Willaura were pleased with the success of the day.
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A large number of people attended, with many visitors travelling from outside the district to be part of the fundraiser. About 280 meals were served and the freshly cooked fish and chips were enjoyed by all.

This year about $19,000 was raised for the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, the figure comprised takings on the day and direct donations.

Good Friday morning began with several teenagers volunteering to collect donations from around the township.

The spinning wheel had everyone entertained and hopeful, and organisers were grateful to the many businesses who donated goods.

The eight trailer loads of wood were keenly contested and made good money. The committee was also appreciative of those who generously helped out by supplying the firewood.

Children enjoyed their faces being painted, the jumping castle was in high demand and the hay rides was as popular as ever.

Pony rides were also popular and made a welcome return to Good Friday.

Also fun for children was the Willaura CFA truck, and the opportunity to have a go at squirting the target.

The Grampians Vintage Car Club arrived with a number of vehicles, and the crowd was interested to see a variety of cars from an earlier era.

The raffle winners were Les Bright, Marg Peoples and Sophia Coad.

More than 60 volunteers did their bit to make the event run smoothly.

They included the ‘Set Up Crew’, chefs and their assistants, waitresses, auctioneers, face painters, spinning wheel spruikers, smartie jar organisers, ticket sellers, bar staff, Pick-A-Chick attendants, Easter Bunny companions, and cash counters.

The committee would like to thank all involved in the Appeal, including those who donated money, food, equipment, and their time, to ensure that the 2015 Willaura Fish and Chip Luncheon and games day was such a success.

See page 14 for pictures from the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal Fish and Chip Luncheon and games day at Willaura.

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Ararat prepares for seventh annual Mother’s Day Classic

Jade Randall and Sharon Mann during last years Ararat Mother s Day Classic. Picture: PETER PICKERINGARARAT will be among the record number of regional Australian towns that will hold a Mother’s Day Classic event this year to help raise money for breast cancer research.
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To be held on Sunday, May 10, the Ararat Mother’s Day Classic is an entertaining and family-friendly event that offers people of all ages the chance to participate in a non-competitive, inspiring and fun walk or run that raises vital funds for research.

In its seventh year, Ararat’s Classic will be bigger and better than ever in 2015. Once again both the four kilometre and eight kilometre courses will start and finish at Richardson Oval in Golf Links Road.

On the day registrations will commence from 9am with events beginning at 10am.

This year will see 104 locations, including every capital city, stage an event. Regional areas large and small, from Broken Hill to a cattle station at Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory are involved.

Get your family, friends and fitness fans together for a fun and meaningful way to start Mother’s Day.

The Mother’s Day Classic, as a whole, is in its 18th year.

Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in Australian women, with about 40 new diagnoses each day.

The event, initiated by Women in Super, will this year pass the $25 million mark in funds raised for National Breast Cancer Foundation research, achieving a lasting impact on survival statistics and providing research answers for a range of other cancers.

Mother’s Day Classic national chair, Louise Davidson, said close to 500 people across Ararat participated together in the event last year and she expected this number to increase in 2015.

“Our event honours those who have faced breast cancer, yet we are getting increasing numbers of participants with no direct links to the disease,” Ms Davidson said.

“They want to take part because they recognise that this is a great cause and a wonderful, healthy family activity to do together.

“Those looking for an appreciated present for Mother’s Day should check with Mum about registration.

“Many Mums tell us that this is the present they want, more so than noodle necklaces or novelty bedsocks. It’s a fun family activity that supports vital research, providing Mums and their loved ones with a meaningful way to mark Mother’s Day.”

Ms Davidson said that for every pink wig and tutu out on the course, there will be participants wearing tribute cards to honour loved ones living with breast cancer and remember those lost to the disease.

“We try to make Mother’s Day Classic a fun and memorable day out, but we never lose sight of our purpose,” she said.

“We’d encourage all ages and levels of fitness to get involved it doesn’t matter how you walk or run, or even how fast, it just matters why.”

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