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The call has gone out for locals who enlisted for National Service between 1950 and 1959 in and around Griffith to add their names to a list. Thecall has gone out for locals who enlisted for National Service between 1950 and 1959 in and around Griffith to add their names to a list.
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Griffith National Service branch member Jim McGann said the project, started by the late Vic Budd, hoped to create a historical record to be kept at the Griffith War Memorial Museum.

The current list of names, which contains about 250, is at the Griffith City Library and locals are being invited to check its accuracy and add their names to it.

“This is something we want to do inVic’s memory. Registration for National Service started mid-November 1950 until the end of December 1959,” Mr McGann said.

“I was one of the ones who went to afortnightly camp in about 1953 because the Korean war was about to finish.

“In that period of time, up to 1959, we were put on the short list to go to conflict in Malaya.

“It subsided and they didn’t need us.”

Mr McGann said he wanted to complete the list, but had found it difficult due to privacy laws.

“We are putting together this list and don’t want to miss anyone,” he said.

“Our intention is to give the list to the museum.

“This is about making sure all of our history is recorded.

“When I went to find out who was on the register in Griffith I was refused because of the privacy laws.

“It means everyone has to come to us.”

The list can be found at the front counter of the library and anyone with any relevant details is urged to contribute.

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Young gunns at heart volunteer

Bob and Lorraine Gunn moved to the Axedale region 50 years ago and have loved it ever since.
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They helped build the community from the bottom up.

The couple made themoveto begin the regions first caravan park on the banks of Lake Eppalock.

Mrs Gunn said she volunteered in many areas of her community.

She said she struggled to remember each of them.

Mrs Gunn writes for thenews publication, Axedale Antics.

She said she contributed articles to each edition.

“We also publish a brief history of the Axedale region,” she said.

“We do a list of current events and activities in the area, as well.”

Mrs Gunn said she was also involved in the local Country Womens Association.

Mr Gunn said he was also involved in the development of the community area.

“We were both founding members of the Axedale golf club and Bob helped design the course,” Mrs Gunn said.

Mr Gunn received the citizen of the year award two years ago.

He was also a fire captain for 16 years in Mosquito Creek.

Mrs Gunn said volunteering was just part of their “everyday life”.

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‘Pinup’ contest brings back happy days

Self-growth: Nathan Robinson: “This is the first year the competition has had a brother and sister duo,” he said. Picture: Gary Warrick
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SHALVEY resident Nathan Robinson said his self-esteem and confidence was at the lowest it had ever been.

He was going through a divorce; he had lost his home; and he had recently moved back home to Canberra from Western Australia.

Then he entered the Mr Pinup category in the Miss Pinup Australia competition.

The competition focuses on the return of old-fashioned values and vintage fashion — and life started to look promising again for the 28-year-old.

“I’m on top of the world,” he said.

“I met my new girlfriend Miss Wurple Violet through the competition, and then I relocated to Shalvey to be with her and her three kids. It’s been a whirlwind of positives.”

Robinson, who goes by the pin-up name Harley Quinn, won the Mr Pinup NSW category at the state finals on June 29 at Blacktown Workers Club.

The contestant, who draws inspiration from the TV show Happy Days, said the competition was more than a beauty pageant — it was a journey of self-growth.

“We haven’t seen it as a competition and I have made some really good friends,” he said.

“I have been growing personally throughout the whole experience.

“Now wearing vintage — I wear a lot more colour and I have even come out of my shell.”

Robinson said he and his fellow male competitor, Gentleman Jack De Wilde, have become “real good” friends.

“It’s not about beating him,” he said.

“It’s about supporting each other which we have done by talking, bouncing ideas of each other and overall encouraging each other.”

Robinson will see his sister, Miss Annie Key, who is also competing in the national competition on August 2, at Hornsby RSL.

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Baden-Clay murder trial is not a ‘soap opera’, says defence

Allison Baden-Clay. Photo: Supplied Gerard Baden-Clay. Photo: Ten News
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The trial of accused wife killer Gerard Baden-Clay is not a “soap opera” or a “whodunit play”, a court has heard.

Mr Baden-Clay’s defence barrister Michael Byrne, QC, began his closing address to the jury before a packed courtroom in Brisbane’s Supreme Court on Monday.

A former prestige Brisbane real estate agent, Mr Baden-Clay is accused of killing his wife Allison at their home in the leafy western Brisbane suburb of Brookfield on April 19, 2012 and dumping her body in nearby Kholo Creek at Anstead.Full coverage

Mr Byrne reminded the seven men and five women of the jury to ignore media coverage of the trial and consider only the facts presented in the courtroom.

“Ladies and gentlemen … this is a murder trial,” he said.

“That may sound odd to you because if you have been following what’s been happening outside this courtroom, you might be mistaken for thinking it’s been a great big media event.

“It’s not that. Nor is it a soap opera, in which various titillating elements are brought out for the amusement of the media, and it is not a whodunit play.

“Your task as the jurors is to assess the evidence, to do it coldly, by that I mean dispassionately and objectively.

“It is not to be your own detectives, do your own investigations or to be caught up in the hype that has been in the various forms of media over the last three weeks.”

Mr Byrne said the onus was on the prosecution to prove “beyond reasonable doubt” that Mr Baden-Clay killed his wife of 15 years.

“The prosecution case, as you heard opened some time ago, was that he somehow violently ended her life in the very home that they shared with their three young daughters,” Mr Byrne said.

“This man, Gerard Baden-Clay, who on the evidence you have heard has never displayed violence, whose acquaintances, friends, family and children have never seen to be violent or indeed to ever argue with his wife, the Crown say on that night in April, 2012, he violently murdered her.”

Mr Byrne said the jurors must assess each piece of evidence and decide if the only “rational inference” was that Mr Baden-Clay murdered his wife.

He said the jury could consider the alternate verdicts of murder or manslaughter, but noted they had to find Mr Baden-Clay intended to cause death or grievous bodily harm to find him guilty of the higher charge.

“Members of the jury, once you have carefully considered all of the evidence, it’s my submission to you that you will not be satisfied beyond reasonable doubt that Gerard killed Allison.

“And once you do reach that point, then it is your duty to find him not guilty.

“It’s not a favour to him, it’s not any type of merciful verdict. In fact you may not feel terribly sorry for him. Some of his foibles, some of his bad qualities have been exposed in this trial.

“It’s not about feeling sorry for anyone, not him, not Allison, not the girls. It’s whether the evidence satisfies you of reasonable doubt of his guilt. And in my submissions it does not.”

Mr Baden-Clay forfeited his right to have his defence counsel effectively have the final say in the trial after choosing to adduce evidence and step into the witness box.

The queue to the Supreme Court complex on George Street extended 100 metres from the entrance to the building on Monday morning as curious onlookers and avid court watchers gathered to see the final days of the trial.

The trial is being broadcast into two other courtrooms, such is the intense public interest in the case.

The trial before Justice John Byrne continues.

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Sex offender security bracelets ‘lose signal’

Police are searching for Andrew Darling, who cut through his monitoring device.Electronic bracelets used to monitor some of Victoria’s worst sex offenders at an Ararat facility intermittently lose signal, leading to confusion among the officers guarding the centre.
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Police Association secretary Ron Iddles said some signals did not register on the monitoring system at the Corella Place facility.

‘‘For whatever reason, the signalling stops,’’ he said.

‘‘[The guards] think there’s an issue but the prisoner is there.’’

Mr Iddles spoke on Monday following the escape of convicted child rapist Andrew Darling, who has been on the run for more than 24 hours after cutting through his monitoring device early on Sunday morning.

Mr Iddles said the recent introduction of GPS had improved the bracelets but problems with signalling remained.

‘‘We’ve got to make sure the system is working 100 per cent and it’s not at the moment,’’ he said.

Victoria’s Corrections Commissioner Jan Shuard said bracelets relied on mobile phone coverage and prisoners were subject to other forms of surveillance, including staff supervision.

‘‘They work as we expect them to work,’’ she told radio station 3AW.

Darling, 42, triggered an alarm after removing his tracking device shortly after 2.30am on Sunday.

Community and Public Sector Union industrial officer Andrew Capp said the escape exposed flaws in the monitoring system.

He said union members were concerned they would be held accountable for deficiencies in the technology.

‘‘It’s incumbent on Corrections Victoria to look at … whether they need to invest in new technology,’’ Mr Capp said.

Corella Place houses some of Victoria’s worst sex offenders.

The 55-bed facility accommodates offenders who have finished their sentences but are deemed to be an unacceptable risk of reoffending.

There are no walls surrounding the facility, but the offenders living there are monitored with GPS ankle bracelets and cannot leave without permission.

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Macey Stewart through the yearsphotos

Macey Stewart through the years | photos A young Macey training in the wet.
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Macey sporting a neck brace after a 2012 accident left her injured.

Macey sporting a neck brace after a 2012 accident left her injured.

Macey sporting a neck brace after a 2012 accident left her injured.

Thirteen-year-old Macey Stewart, in 2009 after the National Track Cycling Championships in Adelaide where she came away with a silver medal, as a first year under 15.

Twelve-year-old Devonport cyclist Macey Stewart is making her mark on the track. She was the August 2008 Junior Sport Award female individual winner. Picture: Katie McDougall.

Devonport’s 2012 Young Citizen of the Year award winner Macey Stewart and Citizen of the Year Bob Vellacott with their award certificates at the Mersey Bluff. Picture: Kelly Slater.

Macey Stewart suffered a fractured skull, a pinched vertebra in her neck and a small bleed in her brain in a horrific smash in Canberra in July, 2012.

FIRST WHEEL: Devonport’s Macey Stewart wins the Latrobe women’s wheel race ahead of Victorian backmarker Lauretta Hanson in 2013. Picture: Stuart Wilson.

Devonport’s Macey Stewart, 14, won two national titles at the Australian Junior Track Cycling Championships in 2010. Picture: Tony Cross.

Cyclist Macey Stewart, of Devonport, ahead of a 2014 Australia Day barbecue.

Cyclist Macey Stewart, of Devonport, ahead of a 2014 Australia Day barbecue.

Macey Stewart was given to OK to ride the stationary bike, after a cycling accident in 2012.

Aspiring Olympic cyclist Macey Stewart

Winning and reaching her goals drives Macey and she has reaped the rewards of her dedication over many years.

Despite a brain injury, Macey Stewart is raring to get back to training for the Rio Olympics and ruing the days and competitions that go by while she is forced to stay off the road and in a neck brace in 2012.

Macey on the dais as as youngster.

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Winter in the Southern Highlands: PHOTOS

The Southern Highland News is asking readers to send in their photos to show off the beauty of the Highlands in thefrosty season that is upon us.
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So far this winterwe’ve had fog, rain, sleet andcrispfrosty mornings, but will we get snow this season? Time will tell.

If you have captured an icy moment in the Highlands, share your winter photos with us by posting them to our Facebook wall or emailyour winter photos to [email protected]南京夜网.au

Winter in the Southern Highlands: PHOTOS Frost in the Southern Highlands. Photo by Dawn Dodwell

Sutton Forest. Photo by Dawn Dodwell

Photo by Dawn Dodwell

Frost in the Southern Highlands. Photo by Dawn Dodwell

Frost in the ponds at Bowral. Photo by Dawn Dodwell

Frost blankets a red car in the morning. Photo by Emma Biscoe

Frost blankets a lawn in Bowral. Photo by Dominica Sanda

A typical winter morning in Canyonleigh where the mercury sits at 0 degrees. Photo by Terry Biscoe

A frosty winter morning in Canyonleigh. Photo by Terry Biscoe

Julie Powell took this photo on a misty morning.

Canyonleigh. Photo by Lisa Romano

Canyonleigh. Photo by Lisa Romano

Canyonleigh. Photo by Lisa Romano

Canyonleigh. Photo by Lisa Romano

Canyonleigh. Photo by Lisa Romano

Canyonleigh. Photo by Lisa Romano

The frost settled on a child’s gumboot in Mittagong. Photo by Beejay Byrne

A photo of the best frost of the season. Photo by Janelle Menzies

Winter in Glenquarry. Photo by Janelle Menzies

Photo by Boris Zemljacenko‎

A winter sunset. Photo by Julie Powell.

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’Miners still searching for first win

AIMING AHEAD: Nic Cranston looks for a way through in Saturday night’s match for the Bathurst Goldminers against the Wagga Wagga Heat. Photo: ZENIO LAPKA 070514zbball2THE Bathurst Goldminers looked competitive many times during both matches of the weekend’s double header at home, but the team still couldn’t find a way to their first win of the men’s State League season.
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A late flurry of points almost got the Bathurst team a shock win over the Wagga Wagga Heat on Saturday night, but they fell short to finish 95-88 down. The team returned on Sunday, with less players on the bench, where they were humbled 82-51 by the Canberra Gunners.

The Goldminers got an early lead on the Gunners, but the visitors soon hit back to finish the first quarter up 21-13. The opening 10 minutes saw the Goldminers have more of the ball, but the Gunners were efficient with their time in offence.

At half-time the score was a low 33-17 following some inaccurate shooting from both teams.

Canberra committed more players to their full court press in the second half, but Goldminers continued to cope well with the tactic and had their best quarter of the game.

Unfortunately for the home side, the Gunners found space of their own with the ball, sinking a handful of threes to lead by 57-32 at the last break.

The fourth quarter had the highest tempo of any as both teams took more shots on impulse, resulting in a fairly even quarter up until the final whistle.

Goldminers player Matt Chapman wasn’t delivered a birthday present on the scoreboard, but he still saw plenty to be happy about from the Sunday game.

“Against today we were really short on numbers. We almost played with an entirely new team to the one that played last night. Everyone stepped up well so you’ve got to be happy,” he said.

“There was a lack of numbers, a lack of size but in saying that I don’t think the size difference bothers us that much. I think we match up really well with a lot of their bigs and a lot of our smaller guys stepped up.

“We’re just one or two bigger players off matching up with these teams consistently all the time.”

Chapman said the team produced some memorable basketball towards the end of Saturday night’s close loss, something he’d like to see more.

“We won that fourth quarter 25 to seven, which was a great effort. It’s a pity it was the reverse the quarter before, where it would have been about the same amount,” he said.

“It was the same old story for us. That third quarter always gets us, but to come back and only give seven points to Wagga was a really good effort by the boys and they should be proud.”

WAGGA WAGGA HEAT 95 defeated BATHURST GOLDMINERS 88 and CANBERRA GUNNERS 82 (Mitchell Brown 14, Evan Fowler 14, Nick Jackson 12) defeated BATHURST GOLDMINERS 51 (Lawrence Misfud 19, Matt Chapman 12, Hayden Tinkler 8, Tom Ozolins 8)

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GALLERY: When we ruled this city, July, 1996 – Part V

GALLERY: When we ruled this city, July, 1996 – Part V THE WAY WE WERE: A selection of photos from the pages of the Central Western Daily from July, 1996.
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THE WAY WE WERE: A selection of photos from the pages of the Central Western Daily from July, 1996.

THE WAY WE WERE: A selection of photos from the pages of the Central Western Daily from July, 1996.

THE WAY WE WERE: A selection of photos from the pages of the Central Western Daily from July, 1996.

THE WAY WE WERE: A selection of photos from the pages of the Central Western Daily from July, 1996.

THE WAY WE WERE: A selection of photos from the pages of the Central Western Daily from July, 1996.

THE WAY WE WERE: A selection of photos from the pages of the Central Western Daily from July, 1996.

THE WAY WE WERE: A selection of photos from the pages of the Central Western Daily from July, 1996.

THE WAY WE WERE: A selection of photos from the pages of the Central Western Daily from July, 1996.

THE WAY WE WERE: A selection of photos from the pages of the Central Western Daily from July, 1996.

THE WAY WE WERE: A selection of photos from the pages of the Central Western Daily from July, 1996.

THE WAY WE WERE: A selection of photos from the pages of the Central Western Daily from July, 1996.

THE WAY WE WERE: A selection of photos from the pages of the Central Western Daily from July, 1996.

THE WAY WE WERE: A selection of photos from the pages of the Central Western Daily from July, 1996.

THE WAY WE WERE: A selection of photos from the pages of the Central Western Daily from July, 1996.

THE WAY WE WERE: A selection of photos from the pages of the Central Western Daily from July, 1996.

THE WAY WE WERE: A selection of photos from the pages of the Central Western Daily from July, 1996.

THE WAY WE WERE: A selection of photos from the pages of the Central Western Daily from July, 1996.

THE WAY WE WERE: A selection of photos from the pages of the Central Western Daily from July, 1996.

THE WAY WE WERE: A selection of photos from the pages of the Central Western Daily from July, 1996.

THE WAY WE WERE: A selection of photos from the pages of the Central Western Daily from July, 1996.

THE WAY WE WERE: A selection of photos from the pages of the Central Western Daily from July, 1996.

THE WAY WE WERE: A selection of photos from the pages of the Central Western Daily from July, 1996.

THE WAY WE WERE: A selection of photos from the pages of the Central Western Daily from July, 1996.

THE WAY WE WERE: A selection of photos from the pages of the Central Western Daily from July, 1996.

THE WAY WE WERE: A selection of photos from the pages of the Central Western Daily from July, 1996.

THE WAY WE WERE: A selection of photos from the pages of the Central Western Daily from July, 1996.

THE WAY WE WERE: A selection of photos from the pages of the Central Western Daily from July, 1996.

THE WAY WE WERE: A selection of photos from the pages of the Central Western Daily from July, 1996.

THE WAY WE WERE: A selection of photos from the pages of the Central Western Daily from July, 1996.

THE WAY WE WERE: A selection of photos from the pages of the Central Western Daily from July, 1996.

THE WAY WE WERE: A selection of photos from the pages of the Central Western Daily from July, 1996.

THE WAY WE WERE: A selection of photos from the pages of the Central Western Daily from July, 1996.

THE WAY WE WERE: A selection of photos from the pages of the Central Western Daily from July, 1996.

TweetFacebookCentral Western Dailyhas scoured it’s archived editions to present to you this look back in time.

Way back in time.

‘When we ruled this city’ galleries have become a staple ofthecentralwesterndaily南京夜网.audiet, with a new one published each Tuesday.

We continue with a look at July, 1996.

Weddings, anniversaries, engagements, 21sts, 18ths and any other event that caught our eye has been included.

This is the last of five chapters – published throughout this month – which will explore the social goings on in July, 1996.

So sit back and take a walk down memory lane … and try not to choke on your cuppa as you take in the fashions and hairstyles!

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GALLERY: The week that was, July 4

Missed the news this week? Get your quick fix here with the highlights from June 30-July 4in the Young Shire.
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GALLERY: The week that was, July 4 Only the best at Mercy: Mercy Health employee Tim Morrison (centre) is the recipient of a teamwork award ahead of 6000 staff the Catholic organisation employs. Tim, who works at the Mercy Care Centre in Demondrille Street, was among the 60 staff members nominated for the award in Mercy Health’s Living Our Values Awards. Two other Mercy Care staff were nominated alongside Tim, those being TACP coordinator Michelle Payne and Kevin O’Brien, who is a member of the diversional therapy department.

Love doesn’t have to bite: The recent Love Bites program held at Young High was more than just a regular day at school as Senior Constable Karen Clark and Senior Constable Brendan Clark spoke to students about domestic violence and sexual assaults.

Gowns needed for a good cause: On July 12 a special dress drive and deconstruction day will be held at the Young Services Club to collect donated wedding, formal and debutante dresses and lovingly handcraft them into angel gowns – gowns that are made for babies who are born sleeping or prematurely, as well as those infants who don’t survive an illness and don’t make it home from hospital.

Making progress at Bendick: New and improved signs on the notorious ‘Bendick Bends’ are expected to be in place within the next week, a move the mayor hopes will help improve safety on the road.

Students meet Katrina: Year 12 Young High School students Tegan Walker and Joel McKenzie were among the secondary students in the Burrinjuck electorate to visit Parliament House in Sydney and meet Member for Burrinjuck Katrina Hodgkinson as part of the leadership program.

CWA International Day: Mount St Josephs staff, residents, family and friends all enjoyed the chance to catch up at the CWA International open day.

WRAS comes to St Mary’s: St Mary’s Primary School Year 5 students Rory O’Brien, Violet Cavanagh, Skye Smith, Alex Newell, Josh Coade and Liam Jewitt dressed up in their favourite sporting attire on Friday for the Western Region Academy of Sport Sports Play program.

Brothers looking good for series win: KARTING Brothers Tom and Josh (pictured, number 74) Sargent recently took out Round 3 in their respective classes of the NSW Southern Star Series held at the Bogolong raceway Grenfell after fending off challengers from across the state.

Camp days: Young is once again the pony capital of the state, as hundreds of students, instructors and parents descend on the town for the annual pony camp. Now in its 66th year, the camp has become an institution with horse lovers far and wide, gaining a reputation as a nurturer of talent. Tara Millard, Rianna Reeves, Oliver Kennedy, Georgie Dunn, Jorja Rusten, Emily Quodling, Ella Fin and Carly French are pictured having a break from activities yesterday at morning tea.

Quandialla celebrates 100 years of history: People may be confused to hear Quandialla is celebrating a centenary when entrance signs read ‘the 1915 town’. But the 1980s ABC miniseries 1915 is just one claim to fame for the village nestled below the Weddin Mountains, west of Young. Quandy also has a strong Hollywood connection in Don McAlpine, one of Australia’s most distinguished film-makers born in Quandialla.

“Stylised” learning for kindy kids: In a first for the town, Young North Public School is next year looking to offer a “stylised” kindergarten class targeting students turning five from January to July 2015. Pictured is Young North Public School student Holli-Jai Bruce.

Village firefighter training weekend: Instructors Peter Bulliman and David Nicholson team up to show the firefighters how it is done.

Just the beginning for Ward: With his Italian tour done and dusted, Young’s Malcolm Ward (front left) now has his eyes set on the Under 17s World Cup qualifier in Thailand in September.

Yabbies brave the cold: The Yabbies Second Grade continued their strong season with another victory on the weekend against Deniliquin, winning 7-5. After an adventurous start to the game, the Yabbies played some smart wet weather rugby to keep themselves in the game and stay within scoring distance of Deniliquin. Pictured is Peter Maher.

Schiller returns to Young, mentors students: Patrick Schiller has recently returned to Young after finishing his rugby league contract with the Penrith Panthers Under 20s. Apart from making an immediate appearance as a talented youngster for the Young Cherrypickers, he has joined Young North Public School as a School Learning Support Officer. 

‘Pickers do battle with Albury: Sam Langford in action.

Tigers get upper hand on Bears with two point win: Roaring to the tryline on the weekend was Burrangong’s Sam Hardy.

New face of community transport: “It was like a blank canvas” is how Young Community Transport manager Kelly Rolfe described the Canberra Community Connect bus used to convey locals to and from Canberra three times a week. The idea to sign-write the bus in graphics iconic to Young was an idea brought forward by Young Shire Council who covered the entire cost, having been a strong supporter of the bus from day one. Young Community Transport driver and chairperson Bill Cameron, manager Kelly Rolfe and Young Shire Council general manager Peter Vlatko admire the new-look bus.

Locals raise money for Foodbank: The preparations for the foodbank coming to Young are gearing up, with a fundraiser held at The Empire Hotel last Friday. Gail Hanigan, Merv Hesketh, Nell Canellis, Laurel Merrin, Eliza Boyle and Katrina Green at the fundraiser.

Crazy for a cause: Young North Public School banded together last Friday to help raise money and awareness of Cystic Fibrosis, including students Jack Nicholls, Jardi McAnespie, Ashley Jollisffe, Angel Goodman, Halle Dreverman, Aliyah Awick, Jessie Cummings, Libby Welder and Casey Ballard.

Former bowlers recognised for years of contribution: June was an exciting month for two of Young’s former bowlers who each reached remarkable milestones that were recognised by the South West District Women’s Bowls Association. Pictured are Marlene Shea and Judith Watson presenting Mrs Violet Brown with her badge.

Grand National qualifier: Isabel Duke-Daly attended the Australia Show Horse Council Youth Training weekend at the Horseworld Stadium, Windsor last weekend along with over 100 other young riders from around NSW.

Fun times at league tag: The Young Cherryettes after a muddy match on the weekend.

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Tour de France 2014: Renshaw and team adjust to loss of Cavendish

BRAVE RIDE: Vincenzo Nibali turns around to see he’s created a big enough gap to take out the second stage of the Tour de France on Monday morning. Photo: GETTY IMAGES
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Bathurst cyclist Mark Renshaw finished almost 20 minutes off the pace after a hilly trip from York to Sheffield in the second stage of the Tour de France on Monday morning.

Renshaw drifted to the rear of the field over the 201-kilometre stage as his Omega Pharma-Quick Step (OPQS) team faces the remainder of the Tour minus the team’s sprinting hope Mark Cavendish.

Cavendish was ruled out just hours before the start of the race with a dislocated AC-joint suffered in the finish of the Tour’s opening stage a day earlier.

Renshaw chose to join a group of sprinters who worked together to grind through a testing stage in which riders had to contend with nine categorised climbs. The group of 30 riders finished 19 minutes and 50 seconds behind the winner.

Italian general classification hope Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) went on to record the stage victory in a finish more reminiscent of a one-day classic, as all yellow jersey contenders fought up the climb into Sheffield.

Michal Kwiatkowski of OPQS finished in third place on the stage and could be the new target man to whom Renshaw and his team help deliver stage victories.

The Bathurst cyclist has been upbeat in the wake of the Cavendish withdrawal, admiring the large turnout from the English supporters as the Tour had its final stage in the country.

“The crowds were amazing again, the whole stage there are people lining the road cheering. UK you have been great! One more stage here!” he wrote on Twitter yesterday.

“Would love to know round about how many people have lined the road to watch us race? 4 to 5 million in two days is my guess.”

The stage began with seven riders breaking away from the peloton and getting out to a lead of just over three minutes at one point.

The climb over Holme Moss with 60 kilometres to go broke the peloton apart.

Pierre Rolland (Europcar) tried to make a break, but was caught with less than 10km to go.

Alberto Contador (Tinkoff Saxo) came to the fore on the final climb up Jenkins Road before Chris Froome (Team Sky) tried to make a break, unsuccessfully, off the front.

At the two-kilometre mark, Nibali made his move and the chasing bunch couldn’t muster up an organised response, giving the Italian national road champion the win.

Nibali’s stage win handed him the yellow jersey, while sprinter Peter Sagan (Cannon-dale) has a strong foothold on the greenjersey thanks to consecutive runner-upfinishes.

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Porte feared it was deja vu when he crashed on stage two of the Tour

Team Sky. Photo: ReutersDaily diary – Stage 2: York to Sheffield – 201km
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Sheffield: It was like deja vu when I crashed early in Sunday’s second stage of the Tour de France from York to Sheffield.

As I stood by the road and waited for mechanical service, I feared a repeat of last year when – after missing the early split on stage nine in last year’s Tour – the group rode away and I lost vital early time overall.

On Sunday, after hitting the deck on the approach to the second category Holme Moss climb as the race pace ramped up.

I thought, “Here we go again.” The incident also reminded how one second all can be fine on the Tour and the next it isn’t.

Because it was so quick, it’s hard to remember all the detail of Saturday’s crash, other than that I crashed with Nicolas Roche (Tinkoff-Saxo) and he snapped his new bike.

It’s a difficult time when such a crash occurs, even if they are inevitable in a race.

As short as I am, I can never really see what’s in front of me. It gets a little scary at times and adds to the stress. But generally, I prefer to ride to the side of the peloton.

Sometimes, and no matter where you are in the bunch, there’s no escape from a crash.

In this instance, I said sorry to Roche, but before it happened I got a thump from someone behind me that might have had an effect. Still I’m happy Nicolas is OK.

Considering how fast I was cycling then, I was lucky to have sustained a limited amount of damage in the crash.

You may have noticed that it took a while for me to be back up and chasing the bunch to get back on.

The mechanic was already nearby and quick to be there, but I knew my bike would not be going anywhere with me on it, so he radioed to the team car saying I’d need a new bike.

I have to say, getting back on went well. The team was great. Danny Pate came back to help me and Bernie Eisel was there too. It was a crappy time to crash, but once I got on to Holme Moss I was confident I would be able to ride myself back on.

It still took a bit out of me to get back on though. It was a hard stage with 10 climbs and everyone knew it would be. And it certainly lived up to everyone’s expectations.

I did rejoin the peloton too. And despite Italian Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) winning the stage to take the overall leader’s jersey in the finale being an impressive result, it was an aggressive day that saw all the big hitters go in punching,

I know that I am ready. I also know my form is ticking along nicely now.

If my form is to ever be at its peak, for me there is no better time for it than now.

OVERALL STANDINGS (after Stage 2)1. Vincenzo Nibali (ITA/AST) 9hr52min43sec

2. Peter Sagan (SVK/CAN) 2

3. Greg Van Avermaet (BEL/BMC) same time

4. Michael Albasini (SUI/OGE) s.t.

5. Chris Froome (ENG/SKY) s.t.

6. Bauke Mollema (NED/BEL) s.t.

7. Jurgen Van den Broeck (BEL/LTB) s.t.

8. Alberto Contador (ESP/TCS) s.t.

9. Tejay van Garderen (USA/BMC) s.t.

10. Jakob Fuglsang (DEN/AST) s.t.

11. Alejandro Valverde (ESP/MOV) s.t.

12. Tiago Machado (POR/TNE) s.t.

13. Rui Costa (POR/LAM) s.t.

14. Romain Bardet (FRA/ALM) s.t.

15. Haimar Zubeldia (ESP/TFR) s.t.

16. Richie Porte (AUS/SKY) s.t.

Richie Porte is a member of Sky Team competing in the Tour de France.

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Firefighting efforts recognised

PRESENTATION: Peter Polwarth, Michael Tudball, Mick Nunweek and Alan Ellis after the presentation ceremoney. Picture:JIM ALDERSEYABOUT 150 Bendigo district Country Fire Authorityvolunteers and employees have received aNational Emergency Medal during a special presentation.
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CFA Loddon-Mallee regional directorMike Wassing said the National Emergency Medal had been introduced to recogniseemergency services workers who assisted the community during the BlackSaturdayfires in 2009 and during 2011’sCyclone Yasi andQueensland floods.

Mr Wassing said the presentation on Sunday at Bendigo’s Capital theatre was one of eight presentations in the Loddon Mallee region to recognise 575 people for their work on Black Saturday.

“The real importance for us is to recognise and say thank you to those who have sacrificed for the community,” Mr Wassing said.

“Often their own houses were burning while they were out fighting other fires.”

Imogen and Mike Wassing.

CFA deputy chief officer for Victoria Alan Ellis presented the Bendigo awards on Sunday.

“It was a very special day for me because I started volunteering with Bendigo and I worked at the fire station, so I knew a lot of people on the day,” Mr Ellis said.

“It was an honourto represent the chief officer where I knew so many people.”

Mr Ellis said award recipients ranged from front-line firefighters to members of incident management teams and people in planning and logistics roles.

“There were officers and volunteers from a number of brigades across district two,” he said.

“It wassuch a significant event. I think it’s important to acknowledge their contribution.”

Mr Ellis said the district suffered fires with “unimaginable potential” on Black Saturday at Redesdale and Bendigo.

“The local people were able to pull them both up under extreme circumstances and on a wind change,” he said.

“It’s hard to imagine what would have happened withthe fires on those days,underunprecedentedconditions.”

Mr Ellis said the event was an emotional occasion for many people, providing closure on the ordeal of Black Saturday.

“It was a relief because they can consider it’s now over.”

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