Bargains galore at Golden Square garage sale

Chris Corr shows off a few bargains this morning. MONDAY:
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The Golden Square Fire Brigade has raised just under $3000 at its annual garage sale at the weekend.

The money will be used to purchase rehabilitation equipment, a gas detector and other equipment.

SATURDAY:

THERE are bargains galore at Golden Square Fire Brigade’s monster garage sale today.

Items include furniture, kitchenware, clothing, pots, lamps, books and more.

Golden Square Fire Brigade volunteer firefighter and communications co-ordinator Chris Corr said the aim of the event was to raise money for new equipment.

He said last year’s garage sale raised $2000 to $3000.

The garage sale is on until 2.30pm at the Golden Square Fire Brigade.

There is a sausage sizzle and 10 minute massages.

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Ballarat morning report: October 25

Black Hill bush land. PIC: JORDAN OLIVER WEATHER:
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A top of 22 degrees today with a slight chance of rain this morning.

Light winds from the south, predicted to swing from the south-west this afternoon, up to 25km/h.

The temperature is currently about 10 degrees.

POLICE:

Ballarat police reported a quiet Friday night.

Elsewhere, police are are investigating an incident in which a pedestrian was killed at Ringwood on Friday night.

Officers have been told that a man in his 50s was crossing the Maroondah Highway near Oban Road about10.20pm.

The man was hit by a west bound car and died at the scene.

The driver of the car, believed to be a man in his 50s, is assisting police with their enquires.

Anyone who witnessed the crash is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or make areport at www.crimestoppersvic南京夜网.au

AMBULANCE:

Paramedics reported a quiet night in Ballarat andsurrounds.

Ambulance Victoria spokesman John Mullen said there wasno serious call-outs attended.

FIRE:

Fire crews also reported a “very quiet night” with no major incidents to report.

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Three pedestrians hit in incidents overnight

THREE pedestrians were struck by vehiclesin three separate incidents over night.
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The scene where a woman pedestrian was hit by a ute in Best Street, Devonport.

Police have said the difficult weather conditions played a big part in all three crashes.

The incidentsoccurred between5.10pmand 9.30pm inDevonport and Ulverstone.

The first crash occurred when a female pedestrian was hit crossing the road at Queen Street, Ulverstone.

Fortunately the female did not suffer from any significant injuries as a result of the crash.

The second crash happened just 40 minutes laterat the intersection of Best and Rooke Street in Devonport.

The driver of a Holden flat tray travelling on Rooke Street, was turning right onto Best Street when apedestrian using thepedestrian crossing was struck.

The pedestrian suffered serious injury and was transported to the North West RegionalHospital.

Police were again called to a crash involving a pedestrian at 9.30pm.

The crash happened at theintersection of Best and Fenton Street, when the driver of a black hatchback turned left onto Best Street and hit a pedestrians crossing at the pedestrian crossing.

The pedestrian suffered someinjuriesand was taken to hospital.

Policebelievefine,misty rain and dark clouds effectedvisibility during these times

Police urge all drivers and pedestrians using the roads to be extravigilantwhen travelling indifficult conditions.

Police are seeking witnesses to both of the Devonport incidents and anonewho witnessed the incident are askedto call the Devonport Police Station on 64784011 or Crime Stoppers Tasmania on 1800 333 000.

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High speed rail: Japanese bid to bring us into the game

Living the dream: Japan has had high speed rail longer than Australia has been talking about it. Living the dream: Japan has had high speed rail longer than Australia has been talking about it.
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Living the dream: Japan has had high speed rail longer than Australia has been talking about it.

Living the dream: Japan has had high speed rail longer than Australia has been talking about it.

In Tokyo this week for the 50th anniversary celebrations of the first of Japan’s remarkable high-speed rail lines, the Shinkansen, former deputy prime minister and noted train buff Tim Fischer drew a laugh with a spot of Australian self-deprecation.

“Australia invented 22 different railway gauges,” Fischer told a conference audience, referring to that notorious situation in which the colonies built rail tracks different widths apart, which for many years prevented proper interstate travel.

“We have some competence in this subject.”

The anniversary of the opening of the first Shinkansen from Tokyo to Osaka in October 1964, a few days before Tokyo hosted the Olympic Games, is a moment of immense national pride in Japan.

But the anniversary is also being used by the companies that operate Japan’s rail system as part of a new push to promote the export of their fast rail technology.

They are focusing on countries that have, at least, expressed an enthusiasm for high-speed rail – India, the US, Malaysia.

And, of course, Australia, which has been talking about building high speed rail almost as long as the Japanese have been riding on it.

“The Japanese government has told them to get on with it,” says Bryan Nye, the chief executive of the Australasian Railway Association and a board member of the International High Speed Railway Association, a Japanese-dominated group set up in April.

“They acknowledge that they are the world’s best, and I think they are a little surprised that the world hasn’t come to them,” says Nye.

For the Australian boosters of high-speed rail, the hope is that a new forwardness within the Japanese industry will push the technology on an Australian government which, like its predecessors, has expressed generic support for the concept but not been prepared to stump up the billions to make it happen.

The first serious high speed rail proposal in Australia emerged in 1984 – 20  years after the opening of the Tokyo to Osaka line.

The VFT, or Very Fast Train, concept originated in the CSIRO, according to Dale Budd, a former chief of staff to Malcolm Fraser who worked in a government relations role on the proposal.

This Melbourne to Sydney project was backed by TNT, Kumagai, Elders, and the miner – and then steel producer – BHP, who spent $15 million on studies into the line.

But the concept died when the Hawke government refused to offer the required tax concessions.

A second proposal – a fast train to link Sydney and Canberra and extend to Melbourne later – was pitched during the 1990s. This project – “Speedrail” – was proposed by French rail manufacturer Alstom construction giant Leighton Holdings, who spent about $25 million on the idea.

But the Howard government ruled it out in 2000, and the era of private companies initiating a high speed rail line in Australia appeared to be over.

At the conference organised this week to mark the anniversary of the world’s first high speed rail line, you could find evidence to support both the sceptics and the promotors of Australian high speed rail.

The Kyushu Railway Company runs high speed rail to the south-west tip of Japan. As such, it needs to attract riders to longer distance trips, comparable to a Sydney to Melbourne journey.

According to its president, Toshihiko Aoyagi, the great majority of travellers use high speed rail for journeys between 100 kilometres and 300 kilometres apart.

Between 300 kilometres and 750 kilometres, competition is fierce and the market tends to be split. But airlines have an advantage for trips longer than 750 kilometres.

Melbourne to Sydney is about 850 kilometres.

But the presentations also showed that there have been dramatic improvements to the speed, frequency and reliability of high speed trains in the past 50 years. There would surely be more in the decades it would take to build an Australian line.

When it opened in 1964, a trip between Tokyo and Osaka on the Tokaido Shinkansen took four hours. Next year the journey time will drop to about two hours and 20  minutes.

The Tokaido Shinkansen also demonstrates the stimulatory effects lauded by high speed rail advocates.

JR Central, which operates the Tokyo to Osaka route, and which makes so much money it is planning to self-fund the duplication of that route with a 500 km/h line using magnetic levitation technology, opened a new high speed rail station in Shinagawa in southern Tokyo in 2003.

There have since been huge increases in development near Shinagawa station, according to Shun-ichi Kosuge, the corporate executive officer of JR Central.

Property prices have increased at 1.5 times the rate of Tokyo prices in general. And real estate taxes for the local government have tripled since the station was opened. That would be some result for Campbelltown.

If there has not been a private sector proposal to build a fast rail line in Australia for 15 years, that is not for lack of interest.

Anthony Albanese commissioned  $20 million on a feasibility study into high speed rail on the Australian east coast when transport minister in the Rudd and Gillard governments. The study argued a line would be viable – you could travel between Sydney and Melbourne in under three hours – though that leg would cost in the order of $60 billion.

Albanese says he was lobbied multiple times by parties interested in helping to build and finance a project.

“Japan, China, France, Italy and Spain – they’d be five countries that have expressed interest to the point of sending out delegations to Australia,” says Albanese.

“While Australia has a pretty sparse population, the east coast is actually suited to do it – if you can get from door to door in three hours it’s very competitive.”

The Abbott government, however, has cut $54 million from funding for the preservation of that route, though a spokesman for Transport Minister, Warren Truss, says he will outline the government’s current position on high speed rail at a Canberra forum on Monday.

The Japanese, Truss might be aware, want to be involved.

“In 1964 Japan was still poor, we had no money,” Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told the 50th anniversary dinner on Wednesday.

“We had to borrow from the World Bank. It was not something we could do by ourselves,” he said.

“We have to repay the favour for all the help we’ve received.”

The reporter’s trip to Tokyo was paid for by the High-Speed Rail Shinkansen 50th Anniversary conference organisers.

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Graham Ross tips vertical gardens as hot ticket item

Graham Ross.Radio broadcaster and television gardening presenter Graham Ross has kicked off the 2014 The Canberra Times Home, Leisure, Caravan, 4WD and Camping Show offering hot tips about modern gardening with Canberrans.
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Ross said green thumbs in Canberra typically had the advantage of larger plots than in other cities but faced other challenges.

The combination of climate and soil in Caberra produced  different problems to anyone else in the country, he said.

Simple pointers around plant selection and using tailored products such as liquid dolomite could help to establish a healthy garden and support it through harsh summers and winters.

Ross is an authority on the topic, having shared his passion for all things green during a career spanning more than 40 years.

Along with his role as a presenter on Better Homes and Gardens since it launched in 1995, he has hosted a three-hour gardening program every Saturday and Sunday morning on Radio 2GB for the past 33 years with his wife Sandra and daughter Linda.

With decades of experience fielding questions about gardening, Ross can sniff out gardening trends.

He said using a gardening fork instead of a spade was a must in order to maximise soil aeration, and predicted vertical gardening would be the next big thing.

Getting the hydrology of the garden right was the trick.

“Many people have to go vertical because there is no space,” he said.

“The water moves quickly from pot to pot so you want the plants in need of most water low down on the structure.”

The Canberra Times Home, Leisure, Caravan, 4WD and Camping Show is on at EPIC on Saturday from 10am-5pm and 10am-4pm Sunday.

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Around the world by mobile phone courtesy of Cockington Green, ACTPhotos

Around the world by mobile phone courtesy of Cockington Green, ACT | Photos In the background the office and giftshop at Cockington Green at Gold Creek Village in the ACT in the foreground a slight farming mishap.
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The obligatory garbage truck trundles through the quiet streets of a small English village inside Cockington Green at Gold Creek Village in the ACT.

Wheelbarrow loaded and ready to go, the maintenance of gardens never stops at Cockington Green at Gold Creek Village in the ACT.

Cockington Green at Gold Creek Village in the ACT is renowned for it detailed modelling and care taken with its gardens.

Poppies in bloom beside meandering pathways through Cockington Green at Gold Creek Village in the ACT.

Stonhenge in Great Britain in the gardens of Cockington Green at Gold Creek Village in the ACT.

Maintenance of the grass maze in Cockington Green at Gold Creek Village in the ACT.

The Trakai Castle, Lithuania in the International display in Cockington Green at Gold Creek Village in the ACT.

An abundance of colour lifts the dull greens of the many advanced pine trees around the gardens in Cockington Green at Gold Creek Village in the ACT.

Triumphal Arch Palmyra,Tadmur, Syria,International display Cockington Green at Gold Creek Village in the ACT.

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Boost for Kyneton Airfield

Gordon Rich-PhillipsAN upgrade of Kyneton Airfield’s new lighting and fuel facilities has been uveiled to the public.
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Aviation Industry Minister Gordon Rich-Phillips officially opened the upgrade on Saturday.

It will provide a 24-hour self-service aviation fuel facility and a CASA-approved Pilot Activated Lighting system.

Mr Rich-Phillips said it had improved night operations safety and provided lighting for local aircraft, the airfield’s flight training facility and emergency operations.

He said the upgrade – funded by a $170,320 state government grant – was vital to local communities like Kyneton.

Kyneton Aero Club president Matt Henderson said the upgrade was benfitting emergency services, general recreational use and support commercial operations.

He said theself-service aviation fuel facilitywas crucial for emergency service operations and thepilot-activated lighting system wouldimprove night operations safety.

The funding was welcomed by Liberal Member for Northern Victoria Amanda Millar

“The Kyneton Airfield upgrade will ensure its safe and effective operation well into the future,” Mrs Millar said.

“This is a great example of how the Regional Aviation Fund is improving regional airports.”

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Weekend Sport, October 25-26

Weekend Sport, October 25-26 Cooper Diessel plays it through the leg side for South Wagga under 15s against Wagga RSL. Picture: Les Smith
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Will Kirkpatrick pulls the ball through the covers for South Wagga under 15s. Picture: Les Smith

Charlie Howard rolls the arm over for Wagga RSL. Picture: Les Smith

Nate Wetherill plays a stroke for Kooringal Colts under 10s in their clash against South Wagga. Picture: Les Smith

Andrew Oxley dabs the ball through the off-side while batting for Kooringal Colts. Picture: Les Smith

Tex Chambers plays a powerful stroke for Kooringal Colts. Picture: Les Smith

South Wagga player Michael Woodgate launches into a delivery. Picture: Les Smith

Colts batsman Isaac Buchanan plays cross-bat to a delivery. Picture: Les Smith

Tex Chambers plays a powerful cover drive. Picture: Les Smith

Kooringal teeballer Eva Robinson heads for a base during her side’s under 8s clash against Saints. Picture: Les Smith

Eva Robinson hits it off the tee. Picture: Les Smith

Kooringal batter Logan Hardy scrambles to first base. Picture: Les Smith

Kooringal batter Ryder McDonnell slices the ball through the air. Picture: Les Smith

Hamish Hamilton scampers through for Kooringal. Picture: Les Smith

Lucia Ingram fields at second base for Saints. Picture: Les Smith

Penny Jamieson plays a powerful shot for Saints. Picture: Les Smith

A grade softball. Blue-Js v Turvey Park. Turvey Park’s Nicole Baldry gets under Blue- Js’ Michelle Blake to be safe at second base. Picture: Michael Frogley

A grade softball. Blue-Js v Turvey Park. Turvey Park’s Nicole Baldry gets under Blue- Js’ Michelle Blake to be safe at second base. Picture: Michael Frogley

A grade softball. Blue-Js v Turvey Park. Turvey Park’s Nicole Baldry gets under Blue- Js’ Michelle Blake to be safe at second base. Picture: Michael Frogley

A grade softball. Blue-Js v Turvey Park. Blue-Js’ Michelle Blake is just about to be run out on third base by Turvey Park’s Belinda Dennis. Picture: Michael Frogley

A grade softball. Blue-Js v Turvey Park. Turvey Park pitcher Katherine Looney. Picture: Michael Frogley

A grade softball. Blue-Js v Turvey Park. Blue-Js’ Jayla Nix. Picture: Michael Frogley

A grade softball. Blue-Js v Turvey Park. Turvey Park pitcher Katherine Looney. Picture: Michael Frogley

A grade softball. Blue-Js v Turvey Park. Turvey Park’s Sarah Stewart assists batter Jane Wadley to warm up for their upcoming game against Blue-Js. Picture: Michael Frogley

A grade softball. Kooringal v South Wagga. Kooringal pitcher Laura Harley.Picture: Michael Frogley

A grade softball. Kooringal v South Wagga. Kooringal pitcher Laura Harley. Picture: Michael Frogley

A grade softball. Kooringal v South Wagga. South Wagga batter Karen Rea. Picture: Michael Frogley

A grade softball. Kooringal v South Wagga. Kooringal catcher Erin Archer. Picture: Michael Frogley

A grade softball. Kooringal v South Wagga. Kooringal batter Kaddison Hofert. Picture: Michael Frogley

A grade softball. Kooringal v South Wagga. South Wagga pitcher Montanna Kearnes. Picture: Michael Frogley

A grade softball. Kooringal v South Wagga. South Wagga pitcher Montanna Kearnes. Picture: Michael Frogley

A grade softball. Kooringal v South Wagga. Kooringal’s Maia Longfield moves behind team mate Gemma McGlynn to take a good outfield catch. Picture: Michael Frogley

A grade softball. Kooringal v South Wagga. Kooringal pitcher Laura Harley shows some ball skills. Picture: Michael Frogley

Kooringal Colts v South Wagga. South Wagga bowler Ben Webster. Picture: Les Smith

Kooringal Colts v South Wagga. South Wagga bowler Ben Webster. Picture: Les Smith

Kooringal Colts v South Wagga. Luke Gerard hits out as keeper Jeremy Bunn looks on. Picture: Les Smith

Kooringal Colts v South Wagga. Mitchell Sykes hits out with keeper Jeremy Bunn in frame. Picture: Les Smith

Kooringal Colts v South Wagga. South Wagga’s Luke Hillier dives for a catch but misses. Picture: Les Smith

Kooringal Colts v South Wagga. South Wagga bowler Ben Webster. Picture: Les Smith

Wagga RSL v St Michaels. Dan Oakley with daughter Ava Oakley, 2. Picture: Les Smith

Wagga RSL v St Michaels. St Michaels’ Marty Loy and Josh Purtell. Picture: Les Smith

Wagga RSL v St Michaels. St Michaels’ Josh Purtell batting with RSL’s Sam Perry bowling. Picture: Les Smith

Wagga RSL v St Michaels. RSL bowler Sam Perry. Picture: Les Smith

Wagga RSL v St Michaels. Dan Oakley. Picture: Les Smith

Wagga RSL v St Michaels. RSL’s Josh Purtell and bowler Dan Oakley. Picture: Les Smith

Wagga RSL v St Michaels. RSL bowler Sam Perry and keeper Sam Lempard are unsuccessful in their appeal against Josh Purtell. Picture: Les Smith

Wagga RSL v St Michaels. RSL bowler Sam Perry. Picture: Les Smith

Lake Albert v Wagga City. Robbie Nicoll. Picture: Les Smith

Lake Albert v Wagga City. Robbie Nicoll. Picture: Les Smith

Lake Albert v Wagga City. Aaron Maxwell. Picture: Les Smith

Lake Albert v Wagga City. Jon Nicoll takes the long walk after being given out. Picture: Les Smith

Lake Albert v Wagga City. Jon Nicoll takes the long walk after being given out. Picture: Les Smith

Lake Albert v Wagga City. Jon Nicoll takes the long walk after being given out. Picture: Les Smith

Lake Albert v Wagga City. Jon Nicoll. Picture: Les Smith

Lake Albert v Wagga City. Wagga City batsman Aaron Maxwell celebrates scoring 100 runs as fellow batsman Jon Nicoll gives him a big hug. Picture: Les Smith

Lake Albert v Wagga City. Wagga City batsman Aaron Maxwell celebrates scoring 100 runs as fellow batsman Jon Nicoll gives him a big hug. Picture: Les Smith

Lake Albert v Wagga City. Wagga City batsman Aaron Maxwell celebrates scoring 100 runs as fellow batsman Jon Nicoll gives him a big hug. Picture: Les Smith

Lake Albert v Wagga City. Wagga City batsman Aaron Maxwell celebrates scoring 100 runs as fellow batsman Jon Nicoll gives him a big hug. Picture: Les Smith

Lake Albert v Wagga City. Wagga City batsman Aaron Maxwell celebrates scoring 100 runs as fellow batsman Jon Nicoll gives him a big hug. Picture: Les Smith

Lake Albert v Wagga City. Wagga City batsman Aaron Maxwell celebrates scoring 100 runs. Picture: Les Smith

Lake Albert v Wagga City. Jon Nicoll. Picture: Les Smith

Lake Albert v Wagga City. Bowler Lachlan Bushby. Picture: Les Smith

Country Club Golf Championships. Gerard White out of the bunker on the 8th. Picture: Michael Frogley

Country Club Golf Championships. Scott Blandford makes his approach shot to the 4th green. Picture: Michael Frogley

Country Club Golf Championships. Scott Blandford makes his approach shot to the 4th green. Picture: Michael Frogley

Country Club Golf Championships. Scott Blandford makes his approach shot to the 4th green. Picture: Michael Frogley

Country Club Golf Championships. Stuart Macaskill on the 9th. Picture: Michael Frogley

Country Club Golf Championships. Stuart Macaskill on the 9th. Picture: Michael Frogley

Country Club Golf Championships. Kurt Pideski on the 9th tee. Picture: Michael Frogley

Country Club Golf Championships. Kurt Pideski on the 9th tee. Picture: Michael Frogley

Country Club Golf Championships. Jarrod Meacham on the 8th green. Picture: Michael Frogley

Country Club Golf Championships. Adam Morrison tends the pin on the 8th. Picture: Michael Frogley

Country Club Golf Championships. Matt Carroll on the 9th tee. Picture: Michael Frogley

Coca Cola Lawn Bowls Classic. Francis Ryan of Wagga Rules watched by David Meech of Wagga RSL. Picture: Les Smith

Coca Cola Lawn Bowls Classic. Francis Ryan of Wagga Rules Club. Picture: Les Smith

Coca Cola Lawn Bowls Classic. Jimmy Smith of Wagga RSL. Picture: Les Smith

Coca Cola Lawn Bowls Classic. Chris Cooney og Ganmain Bowling Club. Picture: Les Smith

Coca Cola Lawn Bowls Classic. Chris Cooney of Ganmain Bowling Club chats to friend David Inglis of Wagga RSL Bowling Club. Picture: Les Smith

Coca Cola Lawn Bowls Classic. Chris Cooney of Ganmain Bowling Club chats to friend David Inglis of Wagga RSL Bowling Club. Picture: Les Smith

Coca Cola Lawn Bowls Classic. David Inglis of Wagga RSL. Picture: Les Smith

Coca Cola Lawn Bowls Classic. Andrew Smith of Wagga RSL. Picture: Les Smith

Coca Cola Lawn Bowls Classic. David Ferguson of Wagga Rules Club. Picture: Les Smith

Coca Cola Lawn Bowls Classic. Martin Cousley of Wagga RSL. Picture: Les Smith

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Pink ride for breast cancer

Riders from last year’s Pink Ribbon Ride Hundreds of motorcyclists will join in the 2014 Pink Ribbon Ride this Sunday to raise awareness and much-needed funds for people affected by breast cancer.
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The local chapter of riders will depart from the Ballarat Town Hall at 9am and head 100 kilometres down the highway to the Wyndham Civic Centre in Werribee, collecting donations as they go.

Organiser of the Ballarat leg of the Pink Ribbon Ride, Dale Alexander, has been involved in the event for the last five years.

He’ll be at the head of the hogs this Sunday sitting atop his trusty Triumph Thunderbird.

“It’s great to help out,” Mr Alexander said.

“My other half, she jumps on the back and looks after the donations – it gets pretty busy.”

Like many Australians, Mr Alexander and his family have been personally touched by cancer.

“My mother died of cancer, and my partner’s mother as well,” he said.

The Ballarat riders are hoping to raise at least $400.

Raffles, stunt riders and trade displays will be on at the Wyndham Civic Centre from 11am Sunday.

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The Illawarra Rose Society Rose Show

The Illawarra Rose Society Rose Show Rose enthusiasts from all over the Illawarra gathered at The Jamberoo School of Arts Hall today, to take part in the Illawarra Rose Society’s Rose Show. Picture: GEORGIA MATTS
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Brenda Waters and Helen Curll at the Illawarra Rose Society Show. Picture: GEORGIA MATTS

Rose enthusiasts from all over the Illawarra gathered at The Jamberoo School of Arts Hall today, to take part in the Illawarra Rose Society’s Rose Show. Picture: GEORGIA MATTS

Jan Stibbard, Robert Stibbard Berry Ryan and Keith Ryan at the Illawarra Rose Society Show. Picture: GEORGIA MATTS

Rose enthusiasts from all over the Illawarra gathered at The Jamberoo School of Arts Hall today, to take part in the Illawarra Rose Society’s Rose Show. Picture: GEORGIA MATTS

Rose enthusiasts from all over the Illawarra gathered at The Jamberoo School of Arts Hall today, to take part in the Illawarra Rose Society’s Rose Show. Picture: GEORGIA MATTS

Rose enthusiasts from all over the Illawarra gathered at The Jamberoo School of Arts Hall today, to take part in the Illawarra Rose Society’s Rose Show. Picture: GEORGIA MATTS

Rose enthusiasts from all over the Illawarra gathered at The Jamberoo School of Arts Hall today, to take part in the Illawarra Rose Society’s Rose Show. Picture: GEORGIA MATTS

Rose enthusiasts from all over the Illawarra gathered at The Jamberoo School of Arts Hall today, to take part in the Illawarra Rose Society’s Rose Show. Picture: GEORGIA MATTS

Rose enthusiasts from all over the Illawarra gathered at The Jamberoo School of Arts Hall today, to take part in the Illawarra Rose Society’s Rose Show. Picture: GEORGIA MATTS

Rose enthusiasts from all over the Illawarra gathered at The Jamberoo School of Arts Hall today, to take part in the Illawarra Rose Society’s Rose Show. Picture: GEORGIA MATTS

Rose enthusiasts from all over the Illawarra gathered at The Jamberoo School of Arts Hall today, to take part in the Illawarra Rose Society’s Rose Show. Picture: GEORGIA MATTS

Rose enthusiasts from all over the Illawarra gathered at The Jamberoo School of Arts Hall today, to take part in the Illawarra Rose Society’s Rose Show. Picture: GEORGIA MATTS

The Illawarra Rose Society members Judy Daggar and Val Sutton with 40 year life member of the Rose Society John East. Picture: GEORGIA MATTS

The Illawarra Rose Society members Judy Daggar and Val Sutton with 40 year life member of the Rose Society John East. Picture: GEORGIA MATTS

Rose enthusiasts from all over the Illawarra gathered at The Jamberoo School of Arts Hall today, to take part in the Illawarra Rose Society’s Rose Show. Picture: GEORGIA MATTS

Rose enthusiasts from all over the Illawarra gathered at The Jamberoo School of Arts Hall today, to take part in the Illawarra Rose Society’s Rose Show. Picture: GEORGIA MATTS

The Illawarra Rose Society members Judy Daggar and Val Sutton with 40 year life member of the Rose Society John East. Picture: GEORGIA MATTS

The Illawarra Rose Society members Judy Daggar and Val Sutton with 40 year life member of the Rose Society John East. Picture: GEORGIA MATTS

Rose enthusiasts from all over the Illawarra gathered at The Jamberoo School of Arts Hall today, to take part in the Illawarra Rose Society’s Rose Show. Picture: GEORGIA MATTS

Rose enthusiasts from all over the Illawarra gathered at The Jamberoo School of Arts Hall today, to take part in the Illawarra Rose Society’s Rose Show. Picture: GEORGIA MATTS

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Hostess with mostest set to lead show

STAR: Georgina Manning plays Sally Adams in CT Productions’ show Call Me Madam. Picture: JODIE DONNELLANCT PRODUCTIONS’ latest show Call Me Madam opens at The Capital theatre tomorrow.
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The show follow rich socialite Sally Adams who is appointed the ambassador to fictional country Lichtenburg.

Georgina Manning takes on the role of Sally “the hostess with the mostest”.

“I wasn’t very familiar with (the show) but after I bought the CD and listened to the songs I relealised I was much more familiar with the show than I thought,” Ms Manning said.

“It was a very popular musical in its day and helped launch Ethel Merman as an even bigger star.”

Ms Manning found her character was based on real life socialite-turned-ambassador Perle Mesta.

“President Truman appointed her as ambassador to Luxembourg,” she said.

“”The show is a fish out of water story because Sally knows nothing about being an ambassador.”

“We have had two months of rehearsals and it has been go, go, go.”

Ms Manning said she has previously had lead roles in musicals Les Miserables, Oliver, Carousel and Into the Woods.

CT Productions’ show Call Me Madam runs at The Capital theatre from Tuesday, October 28 to Saturday November 1.

For tickets contact The Capital on 5434 6100.

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Reform on tribute agenda as PM arrives tonight

PRIME Minister Tony Abbott will arrive in Tenterfield later today to deliver a speech commemorating Sir Henry Parkes contribution to the political landscape and the state of 21st century Federation.
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Prime Minister Tony Abbott will be in Tenterfield later today to deliver a speech as part of the 125-year anniversary celebration of Sir Henry Parkes Federation call.

In a speech that will spark debate about how Australia’s systems of government work with each other, Mr Abbott speech foreshadows the breadth and scope of the coming Federation white paper.

Fairfax Media has obtained an advanced copy of the PM’s address which he’ll deliver at the Tenterfield School of Arts later this evening.

In a challenge to state premiers and chief ministers, he will say all levels of government face a “fundamental test” over the next year as part of the Federation white paper process.

The white paper on reform of the Federation touts the reduction and end, as far as possible, the waste, duplication and second guessing between different levels of government.

The Coalition government believes it will improve national productivity and create a more efficient and effective system throughout.

“Can a more rational and better managed system be devised – or is change more trouble than it’s worth?” Mr Abbott will say.

Parkes recognised the need for one national army and one national rail gauge when he delivered his call to arms 125-years-ago.

“The problem, now, is to create a more rational system of government for the nation that we undoubtedly have become,” Mr Abbott says.

The PM will deliver his own call to arms, imploring state premiers to participate in a grown-up debate about reforming the Federation, the funding of health systems and the tax system.

But he concedes, reform is not something that one person, one party or one Parliament can achieve.

“Asking ourselves what can be done better is at the heart of all progress.”

Health service, GST and “expenditure restraint” will also be talking points.

Descendants of Parkes along with Member for New England Barnaby Joyce and Member for Lismore Thomas George will also be in attendance at tonight’s commemoration.

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Mum thrilled from afar to see Steve O’Keefe make his Test debut

Jann O’Keefe is sitting in the living room of her daughter Rebekah’s home in Glenmore Park watching the cricket.
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She’s 12,000 kilometres away from her only son Steve, whose left-arm spin doesn’t appear to be troubling Pakistan’s batsmen in the searing heat of Dubai.

Less than 48 hours ago she received an email from her son, better known in cricketing circles as SOK, saying he was going to make his Test debut, nine years after he first pulled on a baggy blue for NSW.

The O’Keefe family has not had enough time to make their way across the world to support their boy. But with just one delivery, skied to Mitch Marsh at square leg, Ms O’Keefe can breathe a sigh of relief.

“It’s so exciting,” says Ms O’Keefe, a nurse by night and a former chauffeur to cricketing venues by day. “It seems rather surreal. It feels like it’s not happening. A lot of hard work has gone into that.”

When Dean Jones presented O’Keefe with baggy green number 439, his mother noticed the irony in the ceremony.

“Steve’s first bat we found in the shed and it was a Dean Jones Supreme bat,” Ms O’Keefe says. “He mucked around in the backyard with it. He also had a navy blue Victorian shirt as well with Jones’ name on it.

“I didn’t know much about cricket but I knew he loved Dean Jones.”

On Wednesday O’Keefe became the first Australian Test player born in Malaysia, a result of his father’s work for the Royal Australian Air Force.

O’Keefe moved to Victoria with his family in 1986 before moving again to Sydney to start school.

It was here Steve’s infatuation with cricket began. His tactical nous and adroitness with the willow or his medium pacers served him well in junior representative cricket for Hawkesbury.

At 15 he ditched the long run for finger spin because he “had the mind of a fast bowler and the body of a spinner”, according to an old coach.

O’Keefe oozed confidence in his teenage years, which Hawkesbury teammate and fellow one-Test player John Hastings vividly remembers.

“I was about 15 years old at Bensons Lane nets and I saw this kid with blond hair bowling left-arm spinners; he was pretty cocky and a confident lad and then we hit it off after that,” Hastings says. “Now we’re just a couple of Hawkesbury battlers doing our best, which is the way Steve puts it.”

O’Keefe was best man at Hastings’ wedding and they pair remained great friends since “The Duke” moved to Victoria in 2007.

The Hawkesbury trio was rounded out with current Queensland batsman Peter Forrest, who spent countless days with O’Keefe and Hastings carpooling to the SCG for state training while juggling PE teaching degrees at ACPE in Homebush.

“Both the boys now have got baggy greens, so I need to lift my game,” Forrest says, laughing. “I’m so happy for Steve though, he seems to be in a good place.

“The friendship’s still there between the three of us too.”

It was to the trio’s indomitable attitude to training Ms O’Keefe attributes her son’s success.

She knows it was all worth while, thinking back to the days she would sleep in her car at a cricket ground, having just done a graveyard shift at the hospital, so Steve could get the opportunity to give the six-stitcher a big rip.

“They were all competitive against one another,” Ms O’Keefe says.

“Because my husband was away, the onus was on me to do whatever I had to do to meet his commitments with his sport.

“I look back at it and think ‘How did I do that’?’

O’Keefe’s tweakers have returned 128 wickets at 24 from 41 first-class matches and his 41-wicket haul in the last Sheffield Shield season was justice for several years of being overlooked as the nation’s number two spin bowler.

Anthony Kershler, a former NSW orthodox spinner, captained O’Keefe when he made his first grade debut at 18. Kershler said he gave “Keefey” tutelage when he needed it, but his space at times too.

“He’s naturally an aggressive guy and it comes out in his cricket,” says Kershler. “He loved the contest. He never does anything by halves.

“We used to joke around saying you didn’t know which Steve O’Keefe was going to turn up. One week he’d be there in the change rooms reading a book on the Shaolin way with the Buddhist monks. You sort of didn’t know what to expect.”

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