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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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Fairfax Regional websites hit audience record

Bendigo Advertiser’s coverage of The Junction Hotel fire at Ravenswood drew a huge audience in June. Photo: Peter Weaving. Fairfax Regional Mediahas set another record with more than 48 million page views ​in Juneacross its network of websites, up from 20 million per month a year ago.
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​Editorial director Stuart Howie said the network was on the precipice of hitting 50 million​ page views and he was targeting 100 million under the regional division’s signature editorial project “NewsNow”.

“This represents one of the best growth stories in media in this country,”​Howiesaid.

“Our editorial staff across Australia are committed to driving content across platform​s. And our communities are loving it -they have an insatiable appetite for local news and information from our trusted brands.

​”Our audiences have never been bigger or stronger.”

​Fairfax Regional comprises 15 daily newspapers and more than 150 non-daily titles. Most of these have associated website​s​, mobile sites, Facebook pages and a presence across other social media platforms.

​Mobile and social media represent the biggest​growthin the way readers are accessing information.

The number of visits to the regional network from mobile Facebook has tripled over the past 12 months to almost 20 per cent of its audience.

​The network recorded 4.6 million unique browsers for the month.​

​The standout success has been the Bendigo Advertiser, the inaugural NewsNow site, which recordeda massive 4.5 million page views for the month and is the network’s second most popular site behind the Newcastle Herald.

NewsNow ​amounts to a total newsroom makeover, putting traditionally run print operations on a digital​-first, seven-day-a-week footing.

​”Reverse publishing” technology allows reporters to simultaneously publish to the web and to templated print pages. The Advertiser newspaper was relaunched to much acclaim and page views to the website have increased from 1.2 million per month before the NewsNow launch in September 2013 to 4.5 million page views — a 275 per cent increase.

A core objective of NewsNow is to focus as much resource in a newsroom on news gathering and disseminating content across every channel possible.

The project will now roll out across Australia, delivering a huge amount of extra content to Fairfax Regional’s digital audiences.

“No other media organisation has such a commitment to Australian communities, large and small,” Howie said.

“We have more than 700 journalists based in 100 newsrooms around Australia. That reach is important to public life and a wonderful opportunity for advertisers.”

Newsrooms include those in Mandurah, Bunbury and Busselton in Western Australian, Burnie and Launceston in Tasmania, Port Lincoln, Whyalla and Kangaroo Island in South Australia, Ballarat, Warrnambool and Horsham in Victoria, and Dubbo, Cowra, Wagga Wagga and Port Macquarie in NSW.​

​One of the other great success stories in the latest results was TheCentral Western Daily in Orange, NSW,​ whichhas shot up in popularity​​ to becomethe network’s fifth most popular website, with 2.6 million page views in June.

​*Fairfax Regional Media is publisher of this website.

When we ruled this city, July, 1993 – Part IPhotos

When we ruled this city, July, 1993 – Part I | Photos THE WAY WE WERE: A selection of photos from the pages of the Central Western Daily from July, 1993.
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THE WAY WE WERE: A selection of photos from the pages of the Central Western Daily from July, 1993.

THE WAY WE WERE: A selection of photos from the pages of the Central Western Daily from July, 1993.

THE WAY WE WERE: A selection of photos from the pages of the Central Western Daily from July, 1993.

THE WAY WE WERE: A selection of photos from the pages of the Central Western Daily from July, 1993.

THE WAY WE WERE: A selection of photos from the pages of the Central Western Daily from July, 1993.

THE WAY WE WERE: A selection of photos from the pages of the Central Western Daily from July, 1993.

THE WAY WE WERE: A selection of photos from the pages of the Central Western Daily from July, 1993.

THE WAY WE WERE: A selection of photos from the pages of the Central Western Daily from July, 1993.

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THE WAY WE WERE: A selection of photos from the pages of the Central Western Daily from July, 1993.

THE WAY WE WERE: A selection of photos from the pages of the Central Western Daily from July, 1993.

THE WAY WE WERE: A selection of photos from the pages of the Central Western Daily from July, 1993.

THE WAY WE WERE: A selection of photos from the pages of the Central Western Daily from July, 1993.

THE WAY WE WERE: A selection of photos from the pages of the Central Western Daily from July, 1993.

THE WAY WE WERE: A selection of photos from the pages of the Central Western Daily from July, 1993.

THE WAY WE WERE: A selection of photos from the pages of the Central Western Daily from July, 1993.

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THE WAY WE WERE: A selection of photos from the pages of the Central Western Daily from July, 1993.

THE WAY WE WERE: A selection of photos from the pages of the Central Western Daily from July, 1993.

THE WAY WE WERE: A selection of photos from the pages of the Central Western Daily from July, 1993.

THE WAY WE WERE: A selection of photos from the pages of the Central Western Daily from July, 1993.

THE WAY WE WERE: A selection of photos from the pages of the Central Western Daily from July, 1993.

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THE WAY WE WERE: A selection of photos from the pages of the Central Western Daily from July, 1993.

THE WAY WE WERE: A selection of photos from the pages of the Central Western Daily from July, 1993.

THE WAY WE WERE: A selection of photos from the pages of the Central Western Daily from July, 1993.

THE WAY WE WERE: A selection of photos from the pages of the Central Western Daily from July, 1993.

THE WAY WE WERE: A selection of photos from the pages of the Central Western Daily from July, 1993.

THE WAY WE WERE: A selection of photos from the pages of the Central Western Daily from July, 1993.

THE WAY WE WERE: A selection of photos from the pages of the Central Western Daily from July, 1993.

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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, 1993.

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

This is the first of four chapters which will explore the social goings on in July, 1993.

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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Old Bar Pirates demolish Port City Breakers

FIVE-eighth Kurt Lewis continued on his try scoring way when running in four touchdowns for Old Bar in the 44-28 Group Three Rugby League win over Port City at Port Macquarie.
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This is the second successive game Lewis has scored four tries following on from his effort the previous match against Forster-Tuncurry.

It was a good day for the five-eighth as he also kicked six goals.

It was also Old Bar’s third consecutive win.

The Pirates are now outright third and Wauchope’s defeat of Port Macquarie gives Old Bar a bit of a buffer over the Sharks.

The Pirates were simply too fast for the opposition.

Whenever they spread the ball wide, particularly in the first half, they stretched the Port City defence.

Centre Daniel Morris ran in three tries in the first half, showing speed on each occasion.

But the Old Bar forwards did everything asked of them, with second rower Jai Simon in particular playing strongly.

The Breakers had two players sent off by referee Warren Holstein just before fulltime.

Captain-coach Josh Hyde and winger Brad Winzar were both punted by Holstein following a heated moment.

Earlier Old Bar had players in the sin bin for separate incidents.

Winger Brandon Ridgeway was given 10 on halftime, while utility player Corey Wheeler was also given a 10 minute break midway through the second half.

Hyde later admitted his side cannot afford to drop one more game if they are going to play finals football this season.

Old Bar had the match as good as won by midway through the second half when they led 44-10.

Port saved some face in the last 15 minutes when they scored three consolation tries, but they never looked like bridging the gap.

The majority of Old Bar’s first half tries were long distance efforts starting in the opening five minutes when Morris was given space and sprinted clear in a 70 metre effort.

The Breakers replied with a try to winger Winzar and they hit the lead when second rower Adrian Daley crossed and Luke Ackroyd kicked the goal.

But the rest of the half belonged to the Pirates.

Lewis showed strength to post his first try when he pushed through tackles close to the line.

He put in a neat chip kick that was re-gathered by Tom Dooker for Old Bar’s next try.

Morris scored the best individual effort of the match when he again raced clear on the right hand side, kicked and then showed some soccer skills before diving over.

He made it a hat-trick soon after, then just before halftime Lewis danced through tackles to post his second.

The contest was virtually over at halftime with the score at 34-10.

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Borg steps up from go-karts to V8 utes

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pics of aaron borg during his V8 ute series debut in darwin recently

MINCHINBURY driver Aaron Borg is in the fast lane.

The former go-kart champion has made an impressive transition to V8 utes while testing for the Jesus Racing Team.

The team gave Borg his big break to make his V8 Ute series debut in Darwin a week ago.

Borg didn’t disappoint and steered his way to top 10 finishes in two of the three races after finishing 14th in the qualifying sessions.

He was recognised at the podium presentation for one of the best debuts ever seen in the V8 Ute Series.

“It was my first race in a car so it was a great start,” Borg, 22, said.

“It was a great feeling as I wasn’t sure I’d get the chance in the middle of the season.

“I’m hoping to get another chance to drive later this year at Bathurst or Homebush.

“The aim is to become a driver for the full season next year.”

Borg has been testing for the Jesus Racing Team for 18 months, where driver Andrew Fisher has become his mentor to help with the transition from go-karts.

He has completed UWS business and sports management studies.

“I still drive karts but not as much as I used to because testing V8 utes is hard work,” he said.

“I’ve been helping out at the different meets.

“I’m learning how things operate being at the track. Utes involve a different style of driving but the guys at Jesus Racing Team have been a great help.

“I can’t thank them enough for the opportunity they have given me.

“Not only helping me get on the grid but the support and help in getting me up to speed in the cars has been fantastic “

Borg seeks sponsors so he can compete in the series full-time next year.

“I’m in talks with another team linked to the V8 utes, so we’ll see what happens,” he said.

Borg also has his eyes on the V8 Supercar development series.

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Sports briefs

Take on ace keeper
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Get down to Blacktown Village Oval on Saturday and have a shot against Sydney FC goalkeeper Vedran Janjetovic as the maker of Pringles launches new app.

Pringles has teamed up with Sydney FC to create a football-inspired app.

On July 11 and12, footballers and novices can line up in Blacktown to compete against Pringles Facebook fans from 9.30-4.30.

During a Power Hour on July 12, fans can take on Janjetovic, who will be in goal from 9:30-10:30am.

City win Waratah Cup

Blacktown City blitzed Manly United in the second half to win its third Waratah Cup title at Lambert Park at the weekend.

Blacktown fired in four second-half goals after a tough opening 45 minutes as Japanese player Ryuji Miyazawa starred for the Blacktown side.

Blacktown won 6-2, much to the surprise of club director Ken Schembri.

“We’re a pretty attacking side but you don’t expect to score six goals in a final,” he said.

“It’s pleasing to win because it’s a prestigious and tough tournament.

“Now we’ve got six weeks left to concentrate on the title race.”

Blacktown won the Waratah Cup in 2007 and 1993.

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WA’s Argyle Diamond Mine wet mess goes dry

Since FIFO mining established itself in Western Australia in the late 1970s, the wet mess has been a regular feature within on-site camps. Photo: Nic WalkerHigh times in the mining industry that once saw fly-in, fly-out workers being offered attractive incentives are changing.
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In a move that may have made Rio Tinto less desirable to workers in the past, the global mining company has decided to make its Argyle Diamond Mine site camp alcohol-free, by shutting down its wet mess.

While the mining heavyweight would not go into the reasons for the change, industry insiders say it is clear that as demand for workers to the mining and resources sector reduces, so too does the need to win over employees with generous work conditions.

Argyle Diamonds managing director Shane Johnson confirmed to Fairfax Media that “Argyle Diamond Mine has announced its intention to transition to an alcohol-free site.”

“Argyle has moved into a new era of complex underground mining and transitioning to a dry camp is an important part of its future operating model.”

Mr Johnson would not provide specific details about when change occurred or whether the facility remained open without alcohol.

Resource analyst Peter Strachan described facilities at mining camps as the “icing on the cake”.

He said there was “no doubt there was a dash to get skills and people on a while back and the unions were in a very strong position to demand all sorts of benefits for FIFO workers in terms of accommodation and schedules”.

“The spending phase, when the focus was not on costs is over and companies are now paring back costs to ensure they can produce the returns they’d hoped for,” Mr Strachan said.

Since FIFO mining established itself in Western Australia in the late 1970s, the bar or on-site tavern – the wet mess – has been a regular feature within the camps where workers reside.

Mr Strachan said throughout the years an increased focus from human resources and occupational health and safety saw regulations applied to wet messes in an attempt to ensure workers did not drink to excess and were fit to work.

He said wet messes became a safety issue in the 1980s and 1990s and there was a move to restrict people to a “two-can” limit.

“The unions have brought this on in some ways… because the safety culture has become, in some ways, a sort of religion.

“It may be that the wet mess falls to the gods of safety.

“You don’t want drugs and alcohol coming into play when people are operating sophisticated machinery.”

CFMEU WA mining sector spokesman Gary Wood said employees were “basically desperate for employment with all the retrenchments going on” and the removal of a wet mess was “taking advantage of the current conditions”.

He said he did not support the removal of wet messes from camps, especially where workers were there for more than a week at a time because they were an integral part of creating a comfortable social environment and providing workers with a way to “wind down”.

According to 31-year-old FIFO truck driver ‘Simon’ who works at a mine in the Pilbara said that the removal of a wet mess would upset some but most would be reluctant to leave a job over it.

“The way that the industry is going, everyone is aware jobs are scarce, a few years ago people would change jobs if they didn’t have the right flavour of ice-cream but it’s not like that anymore,” he said.

In the past, Simon would often go for a drink when he worked longer rosters which included a 24-hour shift change break

“It was like your weekend,” he said.

Simon said workers are breath-tested every morning to ensure they did not still have alcohol in their system, so most did not drink to the point where it affected work.

“I know guys who go and have four or five drinks a night and wake up OK for work at 4am,” he said.

For some, especially older mine workers, the wet mess was a social hub where they spent most evenings.

Simon said that he hoped mines that chose to go dry, like Argyle, would keep the recreational facilities such as dart boards and pool tables, so that hub still remained.

Having worked for Rio Tinto in the past, he said it was not unusual for the company to roll out the same policies across all camps, and believes other wet messes at other Rio camps could also be on the chopping block.  Follow WAtoday on Twitter

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Hiker saved at Bluff Knoll after weather, terrain hamper rescue

An officer who chose to rough it overnight with a hiker who had become lost at Bluff Knoll, near Albany, has been praised.
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Although the hiker was located on Saturday, wild weather kept a police helicopter grounded at Albany Airport after it had earlier dropped off an officer to help the lost man.

The 18-year-old Leederville man had become disorientated and had no food or water.

State Emergency Services volunteers attempted to reach the pair on Sunday morning and while they were able to hear the pair, rough terrain meant the SES volunteers were unable to reach the two men.

The police helicopter was given clearance to pick up the men on Sunday evening.

Police first winched the officer up, before dropping another member of the crew down to prepare the hiker for rescue. Both men were finally picked up about 8pm on Sunday night.

The hiker was taken to Albany Regional Hospital by ambulance as a precaution.

Inspector Jenny O’Connell described the rescue as very difficult and praised the efforts of the officer who chose to spend the night on the ground with the young man, who remains in Albany Regional Hospital.

“I am very pleased to say that both are doing very well,” she said.

“They were certainly affected by the elements and conditions they were in overnight, but both are doing very well.

“He [the officer] was prepared for the drop, with warm clothing, an EPIRB, some flares and some other essential items but we certainly weren’t expecting at that stage to be leaving them, as we were still trying to effect the rescue then.

“He was more than happy to spend the night up there with the young man…he has been very brave and done a tremendous job.”

She said Sunday night’s successful rescue was a matter of necessity.

“Certainly as far as we were concerned it wasn’t an option to leave them there another night,” she said.

“We were very lucky at the time the clouds cleared and the winds eased off, and we were able to get in there and it worked.”

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No need for umbrellas as Sydney’s sunny days roll on

The only umbrellas needed for now. Photo: Darren Pateman Salute to the morning sun. Photo: Janie Barrett
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Sydney’s long spell of crisp mornings, mild days and a lack of rain is set to run another week with the city now in the midst of its driest run since September.

The Bureau of Meteorology predicts largely sunny days out to Monday with most days sporting only a 10 per cent or lower chance of rain.

Although umbrellas will be of little use for a while, a decent coat will be handy for Wednesday through Friday as the next cold front brings another bout of stiff winds.

“We’ve had this constant trend of cold fronts moving across the state but really all the moisture and rainfall have remained on or west of the ranges,” said Josh Fisher, a meteorologist with Weatherzone. “Sydney has been consistently missing out with those dry westerly winds.”

That next cold front will bring fresh snow falls to alpine regions with ski resorts likely to enjoy another 10-20 centimetres of the white stuff – good timing with school holidays still on.

Overnight temperatures in Sydney will drop to as low as 6 degrees overnight Monday, below the July average of 8 degrees.

A lack of cloud, though, will see maximum temperatures of 18-20 degrees for most days over the next week, extending the run of tops a couple of degrees or more above normal.

Dry spells

The run of three weeks without rain is not uncommon at this time of year, with July the most likely month for 20-day or longer runs without a drop, according to Acacia Pepler, a climatologist at the bureau.

Of the 51 such periods since 1859, about one in five have occurred in July, Ms Pepler said.

Sydney’s most recent lengthy period without rain was the 32 days to 13 September 2013, a period that helped set up the early fire season that ignited the following month.

The city is already off to a dry start to the year, with 391.2 millimetres falling at Observatory Hill during the first six months, or just over half the long-run average.

Those six months were the driest for the first half since 2004, and the eighth-driest on record, Ms Pepler said.

Sydney’s main reservoir is now about 84 per cent full, down on near full-capacity levels a year earlier after heavy rains.

Outlook

The arrival of south-easterly winds next Monday or Tuesday may bring coastal showers, including for Sydney, Weatherzone’s Mr Fisher said.

The middle of July and later may see more chances of showers “but it doesn’t look like anything particularly heavy”, he said.

Weatherzone is owned by Fairfax Media, publisher of this website.

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Canberra limps through coldest morning of the year

Canberra has limped through the coldest morning of the year with temperatures dropping to a low  of -3.9 degrees around 5.40am.
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Weatherzone meteorologist Max Gonzalez said July was shaping up to be a colder-than-average month with an overnight average of -1 degree and a daytime average of 11 degrees, which is 0.5c colder than the July average.

“Temperatures have dropped below freezing in Canberra every morning this month with the exception of Thursday and Sunday morning,” he said.

Mr Gonzalez said Monday morning felt so chilly was because it was more than 8 degrees colder than the Sunday low of 4.4 degrees – an exceptionally warm morning for July.

“It was a little windy with gusts up to 10 or 11km/h [on Monday] which were enough to make it feel pretty chilly,” he said.

Mr Gonzalez said the next few starts would not be as cold as Monday morning although temperatures were tipped to drop below freezing with a 40 per cent chance of fog.

He said frosts were a near certainty on Tuesday morning.

The bad news for those feeling the cold is there’s another cold front due to a pass over Canberra on Wednesday evening and Thursday.

“Rain should develop late on Wednesday in Canberra but don’t expect too much, probably between 2-8mm falling before Thursday night,” he said.

The cold front should bring another 20-40cm of snow to Thredbo and Perisher on Wednesday night with windy and cloudy conditions.

Perisher spokesman Richard Phillips said the resort was preparing for a “reasonably big snow storm” that could result in 1.7m of snow cover for weekend skiers.

“It’s a really good cover at the moment and 100 per cent of the mountain and lifts are open with good quality dry snow,” he said.

Mr Phillips said there was 1.3m of snow at the resort on Monday morning which was more they’ve had at this time of the season for many years.

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Juniors treated to some Swift advice

GUEST APPEARANCE: NSW Swifts player April Letton autographs a bear for WRAS netballer Jess Matthews during the three-day Netball Rookie Camp, held at the CSU Gymnasium. Photo: CHRIS SEABROOK 070614capril1a
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BATHURST and Central West junior players were treated to a visit from NSW Swifts player April Letton on Sunday for the final day their three-day Netball Rookie Camp at CSU.

The Swifts’ goal defence was on hand to offer support and advice to the girls as they worked on areas from skill development to physical testing.

The three days’ work culminated in a tournament and presentation on Sunday afternoon.

Letton said she had enjoyed the day in Bathurst and was happy to witness the high turnout for the camp.

“I’ve come here to have a look and give some feedback to the girls and that’s what it’s all about. It’s really great to see the programs they’ve got going for the girls because these guys are the future.

“They did some specials work this morning, so things like defence, midcourt and shooting. That was really interesting to see that pan out. They’ve been doing some fitness testing as well yesterday [Saturday] and Friday as well.”

The camp was also used as an opportunity to help teach coaches how to mentor players and bring out the best in their teams.

On top of that, the camp was an opportunity for the Western Region Academy of Sport to make scholarship recommendations for their netball program, beginning in September.

That allowed both new and experienced players the chance to take something away from the weekend.

“I think it’s really important for these girls to get as much feedback as they can at a young age as they keep going through,” Letton said.

“I’ve enjoyed coming out today. It’s my first time in Bathurst, and it’s great to see what’s happening out here.

“It’s good to be giving back. We were all here at one stage or another at a young age. Hopefully they will want to be playing for the Swifts too, they can believe it’s possible.”

Letton has now spent three ANZ Championship seasons at the Swifts, and is hoping her team can go a few steps better in the next competition.

“We had a new coach this year, Rob Wright, and he was great. He brought a different kind of spin on the aspect of coaching and that’s helped us see things differently as a team and grow our game,” she said.

“We came in fourth, a big improvement to last year. We had such a good team culture going on. All the girls are good friends off the court. It’s a rare feeling within the team and you can’t describe it.”

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