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Tuesday 7 April | Photos Singleton atheletes Samantha Odgers and Ethan McLoughlin
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Singleton cricket

Singleton cricket

Singleton cricket

Singleton cricket

Singleton cricket

Singleton cricket

Singleton cricket

Singleton cricket

Singleton cricket

Singleton cricket

Singleton cricket

Singleton cricket

Singleton atheletes Samantha Odgers and Ethan McLoughlin

Singleton cricket

Singleton cricket

Sue and Bill Booth at Driver Reviver.

George and Louise Man with daughter Jemima at Driver Reviver Centre.

Professional puppeteer Cariad Astles with a couple of friends will host two workshops at the Singleton Youth Venue.

Professional puppeteer Cariad Astles with a couple of friends will host two workshops at the Singleton Youth Venue.

Professional puppeteer Cariad Astles with a couple of friends will host two workshops at the Singleton Youth Venue.

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Paint up for Youth Week

THE Leeton Youth Committee will host a blacklightrave as part of its National Youth Week celebrations.
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To be held next weekend, the dance party will bring together young people to shine bright with bodypaint under blacklights.

Leeton Shire Council communityservicesofficer and youth committee facilitatorJackson Gomansaid theconcept was based on an event held by the Yanco-Wamoon Women’s Auxiliary

“Acouple of Leeton Youth Committee members attended and others had heard about it,” Jackson said.

“They thought it was a good event and a really easy event to kick-start the year.”

The blacklight rave concept is a simple one.

“You justcome along dressed in white clothes,” Jackson said. “We’ll have a paint tent, you get covered in paint and then head out onto the dance floor.

“We have ordered proper face and body paint.”

The clothing and paint will show up even brighter under blacklight.

Although the paint is supposed to wash out, it is recommended young people wear older white clothes as there can be no guarantee it will come out.

Music will be provided by DJ Cheese (Anthony Lucchese), which was again the choice of committee members, whileMadonna Placeis central for young people to get to and from.

Leeton Youth Committee was originallyformed to help develop a skate park for the town.It is a sub-committee of council and open for any young people to join.

“The last few meetings we’ve averaged about 12 people,” Jackson said.”There’s a lot of new faces and fresh ideas.

“Looking further ahead at events for the year, we aim to do one per school term.

“This one had to occur during school holidays because that’s when Youth Week is, but we also want to engage the StFrancis and Yanco Ag boarders.”

The NSW governmentprovided agrant for the LeetonYouth Week event, matched by council.

Theblacklight rave will be held at Madonna Place next Friday, April 17, from 6pm to 10pm.

Free and open to young people aged 12 to 25, it is a drug and alcohol-free event.

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Fresh-faced students shape up

NEW FACES: Josh Gemmell is one of just a handful of returning regular first grade players for CSU in this new Central West Rugby season as they take on Cowra Eagles at home tomorrow. Photo: CHRIS SEABROOK 081614csu3RUGBY UNION
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CENTRAL West Rugby is back at Charles Sturt University with the students looking to turn the tables against the odds on a visiting Cowra Eagles team tomorrow at University Oval.

The students are notoriously the most difficult side to get a read on in the pre-season due to the high player turnover, but even by CSU’s standards it’s going to be tough to overcome.

This season marks some of the biggest losses of recent years with Central West representative Hugh Medway’s departure, plus Sam Roberson, Jack Garrad and Tom Keft all gone.

Returning coach James McLaren says it’s yet another period of uncertainty among the CSU club when it comes to its first grade line up.

“Numbers wise we’re looking great. It’s a bit like a box of chocolates at the start of the year, like it always has been. We won’t be getting a good idea of a finalised first grade until somewhere like five weeks in,” he said.

“Obviously there’s some big losses to fill. A lot of our guys have stepped up. The maturity levels have really improved over the past few years and everyone is really keen to go. It’s going to be hard to fill in the likes of Hugh and Sam Roberson but there’s players ready to give it a go.”

CSU were wiped off the park in last season’s opener against Cowra when they went down 61-5.

The next time the two teams met it was the home side CSU who threw the game away when poor discipline let Cowra back into the match to allow them a 30-22 win.

With two forgettable performances against the Eagles, McLaren and his team will be hoping to write a happier script this time around.

If that’s going to be the case the students are going to have to do so with a very new team.

He estimates that there may be up to five players left who played consistent first grade rugby last season.

Being the opening round it’s difficult still for McLaren to size up his own team, let alone the competition, but says focusing on wins and losses remains the wrong attitude for the students.

“We’ve been working on our defensive structure. I’m looking for aggression and commitment at the breakdown … Our colts are looking really big, which bodes well for us down the track,” he said.

“We still lack that bit of height and size up front.

“We’ve got to be realistic about what our win-loss ratio could end up like, but hopefully we can always be among it and when we get the ball to make sure we make the most of it. We just need to try and play some honest rugby.

“Hopefully down the road we can have some guys join us with that bit of extra experience. You never know what could happen.”

The opening whistle will blow at University Oval at 3.20pm tomorrow.

CSU: 1 Michael Coates, 2 Anthony Nougher, 3 Jack McKenna, 4 Dom Waugh, 5 Charlie McIntosh, 6 Tom Greenway, 7 Michael Thompson, 8 Jordan Masman, 9 Josh Gemmel, 10 Cam Backhouse, 11 Will Sears, 12 Blake Ridges (c), 13 Maui Moody, 14 Fraser McCormack, 15 James Tooth.

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Parents are driving hope after toddler tragedy

HAPPIER TIMES: Georgina Cockburn, right, with sisters (from left) Elizabeth, Charlotte and Anna, just months before she was killed.IT’S a moment permanently seared on the psyche of Emma and Peter Cockburn, the moment they lost their little girl to a freak driveway accident.
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In April 2011, Mr Cockburn was returning from work to his Young homewhen he struck and killed his 15-month-old daughter Georgina, who was playing on the floor of the garage.

“We don’t know how the garage door came to be open that day or why she was in there…she was probably just going to see her dad,” Mrs Cockburn said.The incident plunged the coupleinto unthinkable grief and set them on a mission to ensure other parents were not put inthe same position.

Barely a year after Georgina’s death, the Georgina Josephine Foundation was born, aimed at raising awareness about the dangers of low-speed vehiclerun overs.The Cockburns speak at special events, hold fundraisers andact as an emotional pillar for parents thrust into the same position.“Whenever I hear of a driveway accident, I send an information package to parents to let them know our group is out there,” Mrs Cockburn said.

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Mingling with the A-league

Wests Tigers captain Robbie Farah high-fives Moss Vale s under-7s before Monday’s game. Photos by Matt Robinson
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Moss Vale under-7s players and their coach Andrew Crimmins pose for a photo outside Sydney’s ANZ Stadium on Monday. Photo by Matt Robinson

Moss Vale Dragons under-7s players high-five Parramatta and Wests Tigers NRL footballers as they run onto the ANZ Stadium field. Photo by Matt Robinson

THE Moss Vale Dragons under-7s players had an up close NRL experience on Monday.

The juniors had an opportunity to run on ANZ Stadium ahead of the NRL match between Parramatta Eels and Wests Tigers.

Despite poor weather conditions, the Dragons played a match against the Hills District.

The young Highlanders were then invited to form a guard of honour and high-five the Eels and Tigers NRL players as they ran on to the field.

Moss Vale under-7s coach Andrew Crimmins said it was a great opportunity for his team.

“The kids loved it,” he said.

“We only had nine players, but it was a bit of fun for them and they were in the tunnel before the (NRL) game.”

The Dragons were invited to the game as part of the For the Farmers campaign.

The Parramatta club partnered with NSW Farmers Association and Country Rugby League (CRL) to celebrate the contribution farmers make to the community.

Monday’s NRL match was won by the Tigers, which overcame a 6-4 deficit at half time to win 22-6.

Moss Vale’s players will return to the field this weekend when the Group 6 CRL junior competition resumes after the Easter break.

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Battle weary Wanderers to take on Central Coast

On the ball: Western Sydney attacker Labinot Haliti heads the ball against FC Seoul on Tuesday night. Picture: Brendan EspositoFOOTBALL
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How the Western Sydney Wanderers back up from another tough Asian Champions League encounter will again impact their battle to avoid the wooden spoon.

Western Sydney earned a 1-1 draw against FC Seoul on Tuesday night and will take on the Central Coast Mariners in round 25 of the A-League on Saturday night.

The Wanderers are a point clear of the Newcastle Jets with three rounds remaining.

It will be tough going for the Asian Champions who haven’t kept a clean sheet in their last 10 games and have collected just four points from 12 away games this season.

WESTERN SYDNEY WANDERERS v Central Coast Mariners

Central Coast Stadium

Saturday Kick off 7.30pm.

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Lead bullets find poignant use

KIND ACT: Trentham artist Ron Davis at work in his studio. Picture: CONTRIBUTED
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A TRENTHAM artist is transformingrecycled lead bullets used by former soldiersintohandmade poppies to raise money for the RSL.

The idea came asRonDavis was walking through the forest in Kyneton and stumbledacross a rifle range that dated back to 1906.

As he got closer, he noticed tinybullets sticking up from the ground.

“The range was usedby the Light Horse Brigade andVolunteer Defence Corps so I wanted to make something meaningful out of their contribution,”he said.

“I’ve been collecting them for four years and it’s turned out to be one of the most powerful small pieces of artwork I’ve ever created.”

The project holds personal significance for him, with his grandad serving in World War II in the Battle of the River Plate.

“These guys gave us their lives and the lead bullet says a lot,” he said.

“Themilitary and police still carry them and they ultimatelyprotectour shores.

“I want toget that message across.”

Mr Davis has a background in lead roofing and has worked on many historic buildings in London.

He has been recycling scrap lead into works of art for many years.

“I constantly heard bad press about lead, but if itwasn’t for lead, the world would stop,” he said.

“Every moving vehicle is runby a lead battery and it’sperfectly safe.”

The poppies are on sale from Trentham Newsagent, or can be purchased by contacting Mr Davis on0424 800 060.

He will make 303 poppies, representing the .303 lead bullets used in the project; he hopes to raise $6000.

Read MrDavis’poem about the lead bullet project here:

Fired from a rifle, a gun they sound

fly through the air, some fall to the ground

covered in soil and grass they lay

100 years we remember, our heroes this day

Now rise the bullets recycled from the past

A beautiful poppy that will ever last

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Gisborne to throw open gates

GISBORNE will throw open its gates on Saturday, with free entry for its round two Bendigo Football League clash against Maryborough at Gardiner Reserve.
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“We’re doing it as a goodwill gesture to our members and supporters and anyone else in the town who wants to come along, as well as for the Maryborough people who want to come to the game,” Gisborne coach Rod Sharp said on Thursday.

“There will be no-one on the gate on Saturday, so hopefully, plenty of people come along for a look.”

The game will be a battle between two sides who are coming off heavy round one losses.

Gisborne was defeated by Kyneton by 60 points in round one, while Maryborough copped a 79-point hiding off Castlemaine at home.

Meanwhile, the latest Sportsbet flag odds have been updated following round one.

$1.57 – Strathfieldsaye.

$3.50 – Golden Square.

$5 – Sandhurst.

$8 – Kyneton.

$9 – Eaglehawk.

$15 – Castlemaine.

$21 – Gisborne.

$26 – Kangaroo Flat.

$34 – Maryborough.

$67 – South Bendigo.

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Letters to the editor, April 9

Yet again another car has gone off at the same place in the same road conditions south of Kerrisons Lane on Tathra Rd.
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What is the BVSC doing to fix this problem?

When is the road going to be resurfaced?

When is a guardrail going to be installed?

I travel this road daily as do many others and were sickened yesterday when arriving at the corner to the view of all the emergency services.

It could easily have been any one of us.

How long do we have to wait for this dangerous corner to be fixed?

In the meantime could all road users traversing the Tathra-Bega Rd please be careful.

Alison Anderson

Tathra

The trees in Gipps St car park provided shade on a hot day and were appealing to the eye.

They were also healthy and in good condition.

Council, I understand, is committed to considering any significant amenity or aesthetic value, and the condition, maturity and safe useful life expectancy of the trees in its care when deciding on their fate.

Significant amenity?

Who wouldn’t prefer to park in the cool shade of a tree on a hot day.

Aesthetic value?

Put your hand up if you think the Gipps St car park looked more beautiful before the trees were reduced to stumps.

Safe useful life expectancy?

Council could at least have waited until there was an approved plan and a date for the commencement of works.

That way the amenity of shady parking places would not have been prematurely snatched away.

We are told the trees were removed to allow for the upgrade.

How they hindered anything at this stage is not clear, nor is it clear how council’s promise of six appropriate new trees will be any less of a hindrance to squeezing an extra 37 car parks onto the site.

Doesn’t sound like there’ll be much room for those six appropriate trees.

I’ll be interested to view the successful tenderer’s solution, and in 10 or 15 years there’s just a chance I’ll be able to squeeze my car in under the shade of an appropriate tree.

Greg Wightman

Bega

Regarding the Littleton Gardens’ next stage…what a shame.

We now have to keep the car parking.

How will we cope with the extra room?!

Also it’s good to see real bitumen on our streets at last.

Thank god the sprayer is broken?

At least real bitumen stays where it’s meant to.

What is wrong with the Bega Valley Shire councillors?

Don’t they realise tourists want to see historic and heritage buildings, to tour around the area and to enjoy being here?

No way, pull them all down and build new ones – that will keep the tourists coming.

Cheryl Mathisen

Bega

The proposed walking track on the Tathra Headland seems to me to be a wonderful idea!

I have lived in Tathra for 19 years and during that time I have really enjoyed the walking tracks through the forest reserve and the Kangarutha track, the cliff top walk and the shared track to the river.

If the proposed headland walking track goes ahead it would be another valuable asset for our community and visitors and it would provide a link to complete an off road track all the way from Bournda to the river at Mogareeka taking in the Tathra Wharf.

It is in a prime position for getting wonderful ocean views to spot whales during their migration south and to provide improved access to the wharf.

I walk there quite often, but always have to watch where I put my feet as the surface there now is very uneven.

So, I think a formalised path would be excellent.

Carla Gray

Tathra

To whom it may concern.

If anyone is interested, one of Alasdair Tremblay-Birchall’s favourite comedians is called Tig Notaro.

Adam Otton

Tathra

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Irish tourist Barry Lyttle to wait another week to learn whether charge will be downgraded over alleged one-punch attack on brother Patrick Lyttle

Barry, Oliver and Patrick Lyttle in Sydney before the alleged assault. Photo: Facebook Patrick Lyttle, right, arrives in court in March to support his brother Barry, left. Photo: Paul Bibby
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Barry Lyttle reunited with his father Oliver, outside Central Local Court, after being released on bail in January. Photo: Nick Moir

Barry Lyttle tries to negotiate lesser charge

An Irish tourist accused of punching his brother in the head during an argument at Kings Coss will have to wait another week to learn whether the charge against him will be downgraded following his brother’s apparently miraculous recovery.

Barry Lyttle, 33, allegedly punched his 31-year-old brother Patrick in the head following a minor disagreement about at 3am on January 3 as they stood on Bayswater Road, sending Patrick falling backwards where he hit his head on the footpath.

Patrick underwent surgery and was placed on life support at St Vincent’s Hospital.

He spent a week in a coma before making a sudden improvement in mid-January, much to the delight of his brother, father and four sisters.

Patrick Lyttle now says he wants the charges against his brother to be dropped and the pair have attended court together over the past three months as Barry’s solicitor negotiates with prosecutors in a bid to have the charge of recklessly causing grievous bodily harm downgraded.

The Lyttle family came to court on Thursday hoping to learn Barry’s fate, but the prosecutor said that he had just received new evidence from police, which he needed to examine before making a decision.

Speaking outside court, Barry Lyttle’s solicitor, Christopher Watson, said this evidence consisted of medical reports showing that Patrick Lyttle had recovered fully from his injuries and would experience no long-term effects.

Patrick Lyttle, who was not wearing the beanie which has covered his head on previous occasions, said he had made a “full recovery” and repeated his previous desire for the matter to be dealt with quickly so that “we can all just go home”.

The case will return to court on April 16.

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