Issue #159 â€“ Friday, 9 November, 2012
Passing on the passion W WHILE continuing his 45-year career and passion as an artist, John Dobson is generously p passing on his skills to budding artist and Fine Arts student, Zoe Manuel. T Turn to page five for the story.
Girl guide boom By TREVOR JACKSON
YOU could be forgiven for thinking the Girl Guides are a thing of the past, not really relevant in todayâ€™s society. But that couldnâ€™t be further from the truth - at least here in Albury. With the local group about to celebrate its 80th birthday, the biggest problem they face is a lack of leaders. The girls are keen, and theyâ€™re plentiful, but the group has had to turn some away, due to not enough adults having time to give. And in a way, thatâ€™s not a bad problem. The Albury group has continued to remain viable, and if the local leaders have any say, it will remain so for years to come. â€œGuides is very progressive and inclusive,â€? Irene Hughes said. Irene is a more recent addition to the leadership group, with around six years of service to her name. â€œFun is the primary focus - we play a lot of outdoor games,â€? she said. A more senior member, Lorraine Graham, with some 35 years of service to her credit, said the movement looked to keep pace with modern trends.
â€œWe have a thing now called JOTI - Jamboree of the Internet,â€? she said. â€œThe girls get to interact with guides from overseas using the internet. â€œWe used to do it all by radio, but now we have a few computers and keep in touch that way.â€? Bev Halburd, who began as a Brownie in Albury back in 1944, fondly remembers the history of the group, and still enjoys her involvement. â€œWe didnâ€™t have a Guide hall back then - we met in church halls,â€? she said. â€œMost of our functions were held in the gardens. In 1953 we got our first Guide hut on the grounds where the Guide hall is today.â€? Bev said over the years the numbers of girls fluctuated, from two to three separate â€™packsâ€™, with 24 girls in each, to the current number of 27 girls. And Lorraine offered the last word, providing another insight into the popularity of the movement. â€œYou make lasting friendships,â€? she explained. â€œMany of my really good friends are those Iâ€™ve met through Guiding. â€œItâ€™s just something very special.â€?
MOTORCYCLE fans on the Border flocked to Gateway Lakes on the weekend for the fifth annual Border Bikefest. Spotted there were Albury twins, Charli and Madison Fyffe, 3, scooting around on their bikes. For more pictures and a report from the event turn to page four.
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ALBURY residents are falling behind when it comes to recycling waste in the home. According to a recent waste audit, 18 per cent of material in residential waste bins contained recyclables, up four per cent on 2010 figures. AlburyCity waste management team leader Andrea Baldwin said their aim was for zero percent of recyclable material going to landfill. â€œRecyclable material that goes into regular rubbish bins ends up in landfill,â€? she said. â€œWeâ€™re encouraging everybody to double check whatâ€™s going into their rubbish bin and ask: can this be recycled?â€? But Ms Baldwin said people could simply be running out of bin space. â€œItâ€™s possible that residentsâ€™ recycling bins are at capacity, so theyâ€™re using their regular bins as an alternative,â€? she said. â€œIf thatâ€™s the case weâ€™d advise residents to compact their recyclable material by breaking down packaging wherever possible. â€œAlternatively, residents who are running out of room in their regular recycling bin can upgrade to a 360-litre bin for only $20 per year.â€? And on a positive, the amount of overall waste going to landfill annually has dropped by 16,000 tonnes with domestic household waste down by 28 per cent.
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Give a thought to our unsung heroes THE action of giving is something we are blessed with here on the Border. There seems to be no shortage of willing servants, only too happy to give their time and efforts for a good cause. During an interview recently it was noted there are many fundraisers happening, and people are probably tired of hearing about them. Then the person said words to the effect of, â€œWhat are we to do? Let the illness beat us? Leave it for someone else?â€? And those words rang true with me. Sure, there are many fundraisers that pop up, all claiming a worthy cause, and worthy they certainly are. But letâ€™s not forget the other selfless actions so prevalent in our society. Our page three story may well point to the recognition of one volunteer in the region, but itâ€™s typical of so many others. These volunteers seldom make the news, theyâ€™re the unsung heroes of society, and they continue to give, whether recognised or not. And humbleness seems a constant factor among them all. But it isnâ€™t only those raising funds or helping the needy. How many people do you know who give their time to local junior sporting groups? Coaches, team managers, canteen ladies the list is endless. Without their help our society would be a much poorer place. We should all praise the volunteer when the opportunity presents. If youâ€™re thinking about a voluntary role, takes Pam Adamsâ€™ advice and â€œgo for itâ€?.
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