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Wednesday 27 March 2013

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Autumn: now is the time to get into all those end of Summer jobs to put your stuff to bed & prepare for Winter. All those wonderful jobs like mulching your garden, cleaning your pool, washing your solar panels, sweeping your chimney, servicing your lawn mower & chainsaw ready to stock up the firewood. Thankfully in Canowindra there are small businesses to help you if you don't have the time or inclination to get these jobs done yourself. Thanks: to all those in our community who generously purchased tickets for the Preschool Easter Raffle “thank you!” $599.10 was raised which will go toward ongoing improvements at the Preschool. Winners were: Anne Ward, Andrea Duggan, Bridget Breen, Tom Maloney, Kylie Pull, Nate Stanbury, Audrey Pearce, Anne Vincent, Maddo, Grant Cummings, Fay Smith, Jenny Ryan, Marlon Goodsell, Ken Perry, Jolene D’Anastasi & Leahlie Nicka. Bushrangers: the next meeting for organising the Bushrangers Jubilee is this Wednesday night 27 March, 7pm at the Services Club. The celebrations will take place on the weekend of Friday 11, Saturday 12 & Sunday 13 October 2013. All interested people are invited to attend & business operators are encouraged to attend to see how you can get involved in a huge event: celebrating the 150th anniversary of the 3 day hold up of Canowindra! Fitness: with so much going on in town at the moment, the Eggcellent Games have been postponed until after the Fitness Path has been built. This way the path will be the star attraction & it will be a great opportunity to get everyone up to the Sports Oval to marvel at its may even want to touch it! The Fitness Path Project team thank everyone who had registered, & you will be advised once the new date has been set. Ball: to raise some much needed funds to help the volunteering efforts of the Historical Society, specifically with the restoration work of the Moline tractor situated in the front yard of the Museum, a Ball is being held Saturday 4 May at the Services Club Function Centre. The Roaring 20s theme will no doubt get some awesome frocks, feather boas & sequins aired, & at $20 a ticket, it is sure to be a winner. For bookings please phone Anne Vincent on 6344 1817 or email BYO supper & full bar facilities will be available. All proceeds will go to the restoration project.

Tuesday 26 March was the official launch of the Origin LPG 18th Australian National Balloo n Championships at the Canowindra Age of Fishes Museum, being held Saturday 20 April to 27 April 2013. President of the ABF (Australian Ballooning Federation), and Canowindra Phoenix e-subscriber, Paul Gibbs is excited to be part of this year's event which will be the first of the annual Australian National Hot Air Balloon Championships. "The 2013 Championships will be the biggest Australian ballooning event to date, compliant with international standards and criteria." Previously the Australian Championships were held biennially in alternate years with the World Championships. Holding the competition annually will allow Australian pilots and crews gain valuable experience to achieve one of ABF's major goals, of having two Australian pilots placed in the top 30 of the World Hot Air Balloon Championships in 2016. Paul who started hot air ballooning at a young age - taking fourth place in 2002 at the World Championships in Chatellerault France, and third place in 2004 at Mildura Australia - is confident that Canowindra will increase in popularity within the international ballooning sphere, "There are a lot of recreational events around Australia, however the standard of

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competition, and potential for growth in Canowindra, is now being realised. "This is proven by David Levin accepting the role of Competition Director a second time, and the number of international pilots and crews this competition has attracted." Mr Levin was the International Director for the 20th FAI World Championships held last year in Battle Creek, Michigan USA. Organising ballooning competitions three years in a row, including the last two Australian Championships, is a testament to the hard work of the Canowindra Challenge committee. Arthur and Kerry Falconer, Jan and Graham Kerr, with the support of steadfast locals and Cabonne Council representatives, have built the Canowindra event into a solid competition and destination with serious world relevance in the sporting sense. Paul Gibbs concluded, "The conditions in Canowindra are some of the best in the world. The Belubula Valley is sought after by Australian pilots, and is an unique natural resource of the area." With the determination of the Canowindra Challenge committee, and support of individuals and dedication of our community as a whole, Canowindra Challenge can organise bigger events each year, and one day may even host the World Championships!

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To the editor...

Please stop demonising refugees In response to Mr Brian Cain’s letter in last week’s Phoenix; Mr Cain, I would like to begin, in all sincerity, by acknowledging the hard work and sacrifices you have made in your life. It must have been an incredibly challenging experience to come to Australia at the age of 15 and forge a new life for yourself. However, I feel it is important to clarify a few errors in your letter. Firstly, according to the Migration Act of 1958, it is NOT ILLEGAL to seek asylum in Australia, even if arriving by boat. It is not helpful, in fact it is harmful, to refer to “illegal immigrants”, when we are talking about human beings seeking asylum from untold hardships. They are not illegal immigrants. To suggest that these people “have never experienced, or have any respect for, the hardships over the past two hundred years that forged this country” shows a lack of empathy. These people may not share the same experiences as you, but they do share the experience of true hardship. They are fleeing abject poverty and war. No one chooses to risk their life, or that of their family, on a leaky boat without feeling they have no choice. I plead with you to consider what it would be like to walk a mile in their shoes. It seems disingenuous to claim that they “come in illegally and make demands for luxury lifestyles.” For the record, Australian Centrelink benefits for a single mother are $611.90. For a refugee single mother they are also $611.90. For an asylum seeker they are $0. I urge you, and anyone else who feels threatened by asylum seekers, to take a look at to read some personal stories of refugees and dispel some of the myths that are creating an atmosphere of fear and hate instead of kindness and generosity in our community. You were offered an opportunity for a better life in Australia and no doubt Australia has benefited greatly from your contribution. Shouldn’t you, and all of us, be willing to give others the same chance? Yours sincerely, Julia Andrews, Canowindra

Above: Irish Dancers perform at the Tullamore Irish Festival IT’S LOOKING GREEN IN TULLAMORE The rain has made Tullamore turn green and it was just in time for the Tullamore Irish Festivals 10th anniversary. It will be a celebration that will make the Irish proud! To kick off the 10 year Celebrations the Visual Art Exhibition will open Thursday 28 March starting at 7pm. The exhibition will feature categories in all paint media, drawing and sculptured items. Elsie Mahon from Parkes will open the Art Show, and entertainment for the evening will be provided by the well known Parkes a cappella singers, Tapestry. For movie lovers, Friday 29 March will be a movie marathon at the hall followed by a Twilight concert at 6pm. Meals will be served and the bar will be open. Saturday 30 March is the main day and it starts with the street parade. For the spectators, grab a coffee, wave a flag, and enjoy the parade from both sides of Cardigan Street. You will soon get into the Irish spirit and will be singing and dancing on the street. The parade will then turn right into Haylock Street, then left into Kitchener Street where it ends at the Festival grounds. More entertainment throughout the Festival will be at the Festival Village on the main stage featuring Tripping up the Stairs, Riogh, Maria Forde, Steve Passfield, Bhan Tre and the Zany Yare. If its adventure you are looking for you can have a try at riding an Irish bike or join a team for the Irish Tug of War. For the little leprechauns there will be a jumping castle and the tea cup ride, plus all kids under 18 have free entry. Robert Edwards, the coordinator of the annual event said, “This year’s festival has a fantastic line up and it looks like being our biggest festival to date. We are delighted to have North Parkes Mine as our major sponsor, and we are very grateful to them as they play a major role in making it a fantastic festival. "Its going to be great weather and we encourage everyone to visit Tullamore and get into the Irish Sprit.” Tickets are $25 for adults and kids under 18 are free. For more information go to

EUGOWRA COMMUNITY CRAFT SHOP A new community business run by Eugowra volunteers has been given a helping hand by Cabonne Council. Craft on the Creek, which sells a range of handmade and home-cooked products, has received almost $1,500 from the council’s Business Development Assistance Program. Operating from a shop in Broad Street, Eugowra, Craft on the Creek involves up to 26 volunteers and hopes to encourage visitors to stop longer in the town and use other services and facilities. The Council’s Economic Development Manager Sharon D’Elboux said the shop would also provide a meeting place for people interested in craft activities or residents who wanted to call in and have a chat. Craft of the Creek will be open seven days a week and will sell sewn, knitted and crocheted items, as well as cakes, pickles, jams, silverware, cards and plants. Ms D’Elboux said the council’s assistance would help the group meet establishment costs such as public liability insurance, rental bond, electricity costs, Fair Trading certificate, advertising and postage. Cabonne Council’s Business Development Assistance Program provides incentives for: New businesses to establish in the Shire; Businesses located outside the Shire to relocate; or Existing businesses to expand. For more information, please contact Cabonne Council on 02 6392 3200.

HACC VOLUNTEERS WANTED Are you a person who would like to do something for your community and has some time to spare once a fortnight? If so, Cabonne Council’s Home and Community Care Service and Community Visitor Scheme would like to hear from you. We are looking for people to join our wonderful team of volunteers others, particularly older residents, in our Shire. Home and Community Care is dedicated to providing high quality services to help clients maintain independent lifestyles while it is safe for them to remain in their own homes. Services include meals on wheels, information and referral, learning opportunities, subsidies for low level maintenance, shopping assistance and library book pick-up and delivery. The Community Visitors Scheme offers support to residents living in aged care facilities in Molong, Canowindra and Yeoval who receive very few or no visits from family or friends. The scheme aims to reduce isolation, improve the quality of life and foster friendship. If you think you can help or want any more information about Home and Community Services or the Community Visitors Scheme please ring Cabonne Home and Community Care Service toll free on 1300 369 738.

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LABOR NOW SET TO STEAL BANK ACCOUNTS Not content with wasting our money, Labor is going to take it straight from your bank or super account, said Federal Member for Calare, John Cobb. Labor, with the help of the Independents and the Greens, passed the Unclaimed Money Bill allowing them to claim money from supposedly inactive bank accounts and ‘lost’ superannuation accounts. “This is all about reducing the time that bank accounts and lost super accounts can remain untouched before they can be transferred to the Treasury,” Mr Cobb said. “Previously bank accounts had to be unused for seven years before being claimed, but this has now been reduced to three years. For super accounts of less than $2000 it’s been reduced from five years to just one. “The government is dishonestly asserting that this is all about reuniting people with their lost super and lost bank accounts more quickly, when they’re clearly relying on the fact that people won’t notice that their money has been diverted to the government’s consolidated revenue.” Mr Cobb said while there may have been some merit in the idea of the government doing more to reunite people with truly ‘lost’ accounts, this was not the way to do it. “There are many genuine and legitimate reasons why an account may be left untouched for extended periods of time – trust accounts for children or grandchildren, an emergency reserve or large bonds,” he said. “Young Calare residents will be the big losers here – as they move around the workforce early in their career they will likely have multiple super funds created, often with balances of less than $2,000. If contributions aren’t continued the government will claim the money and bank on people not bothering to chase up these relatively small amounts. “The government says the unclaimed money can be reclaimed, but why should people have to apply to get their own money back? And to add insult to injury, the government won’t be paying any interest on the money it has claimed.” Mr Cobb said the government is on track to deliver its fifth consecutive budget deficit and despite dropping its surplus promise, it will still raid the public’s ‘lost’ super and bank accounts to help pay off their own debts. “I encourage everyone to check their accounts to ensure their hard earned cash is not taken by this deceitful Labor government,” said Mr Cobb. “This is yet another example of a chaotic, dysfunctio nal and inco mpetent government which should be replaced by a better government at the earliest opportunity. A Coalition Government will restore competent, stable and predictable government and sound financial and economic management to Australia.”


CANOWINDRA GYM CIRCUIT GROUP The Canowindra Health Service is running circuit classes of moderate to high intensity starting Monday 29 April. These classes will run from 5.30-6:30pm Mondays and Wednesdays for 9 weeks over the second term of school calendar. Registration is required by Thursday 11 April at the Physiotherapy Department at the Canowindra Soldier's Memorial Hospital. The cost is only $20 per person for the 9 weeks. Participants are asked to nominate their preference of Monday or Wednesday, if any places are available on the second night, you are more than welcome to do two afternoons a week. Should you have any questions regarding the group please don’t hesitate to call the Physio Department on 02 6340 3017 and speak to Angela or Sue.



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ASCA - COWRA VDAY INVOLVEMENT The members who regularly attend the meetings of the Adult Survivors of Child Abuse - Cowra Support Group have agreed to withdraw their involvement from the VDAY play to be staged Saturday 6 April. The ASCA-Cowra group have not made this decision lightly. The group was not the organiser of the play so the play should go ahead as scheduled. The group was a strong supporter of the event and the beneficiary of 90 per cent of any profits made (10 per cent going to the VDAY organisation in the United States to be used to benefit worldwide projects). A representative of the ASCA-Cowra group has advised that members will no longer be supporting nor be the beneficiary of the play unless circumstances change before Saturday 6 April 2013.



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SAVINGS FOR RATEPAYERS An energy-efficiency program being rolled out across Central West councils is expected to provide substantial savings for ratepayers. The installation of energy efficient light fittings is being coordinated by the CENTROC group of councils, which received more than $1.1 million for a range of projects under the Federal Government’s Community Energy Efficiency Program. Cabonne Mayor Ian Gosper said Cabonne was one of a number of councils to receive funding for work ranging from replacing lights to installing energyefficient heating at swimming pools. Cr Gosper said the program was expected to improve energy efficiency by 20 per cent in many areas. “The cost of electricity has a huge impact on councils’ budgets,” he said. “This will continue to rise, so the idea is to use less energy and introduce renewables. This will not only save money for rate-payers, but reduce our carbon footprint.” As well as being part of the CENTROC program, Cabonne Council has its own energy efficiency project team to identify and implement energy-saving initiatives.

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IS NOT ENOUGH! the 2013 Beanshed Production, starring… James Bond and his capable assistant Miss Sensible; The Evil Dr Yes; Darth Vader and his trusty Storm Troopers; Luke Moonraker and Princess Leia; Julius Caesar and Brutus; Robyn Hood and her band of Merry Women; and many more! Will Evil Dr Yes succeed in his plans for world domination? Will Bond ever work out reverse on the time machine? Will The Force be with them? Featuring: stellar musical numbers including “The Time Warp”, “Stayin’ Alive” and ‘Dynamite”; starring: over 30 talented local school children from Kindergarten to Year 8; you: will be transported to a new dimension of entertainment at the Canowindra Public School Hall: Thursday 4 April at 10am; Friday 5 April at 10am; Saturday 6 April at 6.30pm (includes supper); and Sunday 7 April at 11am (BBQ afterwards). It will cost only a gold coin, payable at ground control. Large school and community groups will attend Thursday and Friday sessions. Families, friends and community members are welcome to attend on Thursday and Friday, but encouraged to attend Saturday night and Sunday sessions. Schools groups are asked to please arrive no later than 9.30am for Thursday and Friday sessions. Group bookings please contact Julia Andrews on 0428 442 670 or email

NAKED DINNER EXPOSED! In a Canowindra Phoenix exclusive, the mouth watering menu for this Saturday night's Naked Food and Wine Dinner has been revealed! NSW Wine Festival 2013 has come to Canowindra, as part of a celebration of the state's 14 wine regions and fine local produce! Join in the celebration and discover some wonderful wine in the process. Alison and Jenny from the Old Vic Inn have teamed up with renowned Sydney wholefood chef and educator, Jane Grover, plus the local vignerons and food producers, to put this delicious menu together. Arrival: Gardners Ground Bella Beula Methode Champenoise and Rosnay Sparkling Rose, with organic olives Course One: Walk around nibbles, featuring bruschetta with tomato and basil; beef and vegetable rolls; savoury muffins; hummus; and baba ghanouj, coupled with Toms Waterhole Semillon and Kalari Verdelho. Course Two: Jane’s demonstration. A radicchio, baby rocket, Rosnay semi dried figs and pear salad, with a lemon and thyme dressing. To be served with Wallington Grenache Rose and Gardners Ground Chardonnay. Course Three: Tasting Plate of Jane’s Cuisine featuring lamb, pine nuts and mint rounds; chicken and lemongrass skewers; lentil and sweet potato patties; pork and pistachio terrine (Old Vic recipe). To be paired with Toms Waterhole Cabernet shiraz Merlot and Pig in the House Shiraz. Course Four: Herbed crumbed pork cutlet with caramelised apple; roast vegetables; beans with almond and mint crumble. Paired with Wallington Chardonnay and The Mill Cabernet Merlot. Course Five: Dessert of apple crumble, paired with Kalari Late Harvest Verdelho “It boggles my mind that someone and Rosnay Vintage Sparkling can see life breathed into a baby, Chardonnay. will be a night not to be missed, watch the grass die and then come to This especially at the price of only $65, which life again, see leaves fall and watch includes a great variety of fresh local the rebirth of a tree, or gaze on any produce, wine, Jane's wholefood of the majestic splendour that is this demonstration, plus of course a book of Jane's fantastic cook book, earth and not be overpowered by the signing Naked Food. presence of an Almighty God!” Bring your family, bring your friends, now by contacting Jenny Beasley at Bill McCartney (American football Coach book the Old Vic Inn on 02 6344 1009 or the at the University of Colorado, 4333. & President of Promise Keepers, b.1940) Cowra Visitor's Centre on 02 6342 Bon appétit!



Monday 25 - Wednesday 27 March

8am All Saints' Anglican Church Canowindra Maundy Thursday 28 March 10am Peace Memorial Uniting Church Canowindra 1pm Moyne Nursing Home Canowindra 7pm All Saints' Anglican Church Canowindra Good Friday 29 March 7.30am St Matthew's Anglican Church Woodstock 9am All Saints' Anglican Church Canowindra 10.30am Cranbury Uniting Church Holy Saturday 30 March 9am All Saints' Anglican Church Canowindra 7pm St John's Anglican Church Cargo Easter Sunday 31 March 7.30am St Matthew's Anglican Church Woodstock 9.30am All Saints' Anglican Church Canowindra 11.15am Cranbury Uniting Church



HOLY THURSDAY 28 March: Mass of the Lord’s Supper 6pm Eugowra 8pm Canowindra GOOD FRIDAY 29 March: Stations of the Cross 10am Canowindra 10am Cargo Liturgy of the Passion 3pm Canowindra 3pm Eugowra HOLY SATURDAY 30 March: Easter Vigil Ceremonies 7pm Canowindra EASTER SUNDAY 31 March: 8.30am Eugowra 10am Cudal


Monday 25 March 2013

The Hon John Cobb MP Federal Member for Calare Shadow Minister for Agriculture and Food Security

Unique opportunity for small business: Calare small businesses are invited to meet with me and the Hon Bruce Billson MP, Shadow Minister for Small Business, Competition Policy and Consumer Affairs on Wednesday 10th April to discuss issues facing small business as the Coalition finalises their policies. There will be a lunch in Orange and a dinner in Bathurst. Further information is available from Sam Farraway by phoning mobile 0438 324 300 or emailing: Bruce Billson has been the Shadow Minister for Small Business since December 2009. In stark contrast, Labor has had five Small Business Ministers in 15 months, and it’s clear that their division and dysfunction is harming small business. Under Labor the number of people employed in small business has declined by 243,000 while the rate of small business formation has halved. Despite employing almost half the private sector workforce Australia’s small businesses are an afterthought by Labor. This revolving door of Small Business Ministers under Labor adds insult to the economic injury the Government has inflicted on small business. The Coalition has real solutions for small businesses which would double the rate of small business formation by cutting the carbon tax to boost consumer and business confidence and by cutting $1 billion worth of red-tape out of the economy. Oberon meat on show at Parliament House: National politicians, agricultural industry representatives, media and parliamentary staff last week were treated to a barbecue hosted by Woolworths at Parliament House. The event had a distinctly local feel, with the meat – delicious French cut lamb cutlets and juicy 150 -200 gram scotch fillet steaks – being provided by Pagela Pastoral Group, which includes a property in Oberon. Managing Director of Pagela Pastoral Group, Mark Mason from Mount Lambie, was on hand to represent the group and oversee the beef and lamb being prepared. The meat was superb and I was proud that produce from Calare was showcased to so many people from across Australia. Volunteer grants up for grabs: Do you know a volunteer or community organisation that deserves a helping hand? The 2013 Volunteer Grants may just help them to achieve their goals. Funding is available to eligible not-for-profit community organisations to help their volunteers and encourage volunteering and can be used in several ways. For example, the purchase of small equipment items and the cost of training courses and background checks for volunteers; contribute to the reimbursement of volunteers' fuel costs incurred while carrying out their volunteering work, and to transport costs incurred by volunteers with disability who are unable to drive. Applications for Volunteer Grants 2013 will close on Wednesday 24 April 2013 at 5pm AEST. For further information, organisations should visit the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs' website at or contact the Volunteer Grants 2013 Hotline on 1800 183 374.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS: keep up to date at Mar 27: Bushranger Jubilee planning meeting 7pm @ Canowindra Services Club. Ph 0418 413 753 Mar 28: Canowindra CWA meeting 6:30pm @ Old Vic Inn RSVP or 02 6364 0218 Mar 29: GOOD FRIDAY Mar 30: Canowindra Fitness Path EGGcellent Games ***POSTPONED UNTIL AFTER PATH COMPLETED*** Mar 30: The Naked Food & Wine Dinner with Jane Grover @ Canowindra 6:30pm @ Old Vic Inn. Tickets only $65pp book through Old Vic on 02 6344 1009 or Cowra Visitors Information Centre. Get in early! Mar 31: EASTER SUNDAY Apr 4: Beanshed Productions present: The Universe is Not Enough! 10am @ Public School Hall. Gold coin. Apr 5: Beanshed Productions present: The Universe is Not Enough! 10am @ Public School Hall. Gold coin. Apr 6: Moorbel Hall Markets 8am-12noon. For more info or to book a stall contact Warwick 6344 2025 Apr 6: Beanshed Productions present: The Universe is Not Enough! 6:30pm @ Public School Hall inc supper. Apr 7: Beanshed Productions present: The Universe is Not Enough! 11am @ Public School Hall inc BBQ after. Apr 14: Canowindra@Home's 100 Mile Lunch 12-5pm @ Age of Fishes gardens. Apr 20: Canowindra Challenge Balloon Glow & Night Markets 4:30pm @ Sports Oval. Apr 22: Four Fit Ladies Trivia Night & Auction for Arthritis NSW 6:30pm @ Canowindra Services Club. Tables of 8, $10pp, light supper included. Book at Bill Paul's Carpets. For more info call Jane 0428 764 593 or Apr 28: Lions Biggest BBQ Fundraiser for Childhood Cancer 11am-3pm @ the Age of Fishes Museum Canowindra May 5: Canowindra Junior Rugby play at Molong May 13: Red Cross Blood Donor Bus 9:10am-3:30pm @ Morris Park. Please call 13 14 95 for more information.

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25 March 2013

As we approach the half way mark of the term it is worth undertaking an assessment of how the NSW economy is travelling under the stewardship of the Liberals and Nationals. For instance, the NSW Government has achieved the strongest jobs growth of any state in the nation since March 2011 with 98,600 jobs created under this administration. Since coming to office, the O'Farrell Stoner Government has created more jobs than any other state in the country. We are very close to reaching our election commitment of creating 100,000 new jobs in the term. Aside from Western Australia which has benefited from the resources boom, NSW has added 50 per cent more jobs than Victoria, Queensland, South Australia and Tasmania combined. In the past month alone, 22,000 jobs were created for the people of NSW. This is in stark contrast to the jobs growth experienced under Labor which registered the slowest rate of growth for any state over the last decade. The latest release of Australian Bureau of Statistics Labour Force figures indicate that the unemployment rate in NSW has been below the national average for over a year and remains the second lowest of all the states. Under Labor the unemployment rate was on average 0.4 per cent higher than the national rate during its last 5 years in office. Since the O’Farrell Stoner Government was elected, the unemployment rate has been below the national average by 0.2 percentage points. Despite a slight increase in the unemployment rate last month, it remains at a relatively stable and historically low standard while the employment participation rate has increased. The Liberals and Nationals remain focused on creating job opportunities, restoring confidence and rebuilding the NSW economy. An increase in consumer confidence and an ambitious infrastructure program will help support the creation of thousands of additional jobs, providing a further boost to the economy. The NSW Government will continue to encourage businesses to take advantage of the Jobs Action Plan, which provides payroll tax rebates for 100,000 new jobs for our State. When we came to government, NSW economic growth had been the slowest of all states in the nation for a decade. It is now the second strongest performer on a quarterly and annual basis. NSW state final demand growth over the year to the September quarter was 2.9 per cent. Growth over the year was broadly based with solid contributions from consumer spending and business investment. Growth in NSW is consistent with budget forecasts and remains the second highest of all the states behind Western Australia. During the past two years this government has invested in the key levers of economic growth, infrastructure and housing, and set the path for recovery. While all Labor States have had their credit rating downgraded, NSW has kept the highest AAA rating. We have managed finances responsibly, ensuring that for the first time in 17 years, expenses have come in below target in the NSW Budget. Upon coming to office the Liberals and Nationals inherited an economic legacy where the State finances were unsustainable and expense targets had been consistently ignored. Indeed if the former Labor Government had kept to its Budget over its 16 years in office, NSW would be $20 billion better off. On coming to government, net debt was forecast at $55 billion, there was an infrastructure backlog of at least $30 billion, and NSW was on the edge of losing its AAA credit rating, which had it occurred would have cost $3.75 billion over 10 years. The NSW Budget will remain in deficit this year and next to the tune of $1.2 billion according to the latest Budget outlook confirmed by the Auditor General. This is in large part due to the economic legacy left behind by Labor. While the move to surplus in 2014-15 is positive, NSW still has a massive backlog in service and infrastructure provision, so responsible spending remains critical to our economic recovery. It should not be forgotten that before the last State Budget, NSW also lost $5.2 billion in GST revenue courtesy of the Gillard Labor Government. The NSW Government’s action to control expenses is working. Although savings measures are not easy, they have enabled us to put more on the frontline including more than 3,000 new nurses, 520 new teachers and 290 new police. In terms of business confidence it was the lowest of any state among small-medium businesses for most of the past five years under Labor. It is now above national average among small-medium businesses. Our business confidence is the third highest of all states according to a recent NAB survey while regional business confidence is the second highest in nation according to a Sensis survey. In terms of retail trade, Labor recorded the lowest average annual rate of any state. In January we had the second strongest retail performance of all the states. We have since recorded the highest number of new home approvals over a 12 month period since December 2005. More housing under the Building the State package, loans for purchase and construction of new homes increased 18.4 per cent compared to same period last year. NSW has experienced substantial growth in investor housing finance approvals with an explosive rise in the financing of dwelling construction and significant growth in financing for dwellings purchased by individuals and businesses. Housing supply stocks were the lowest number of new dwelling starts per capita for past five years under Labor. Under NSW Labor the State’s economy performed at the back of the pack. Jobs growth was the lowest of any State over past decade, unemployment rate was higher than national rate, economic growth was the slowest of any State over past decade, confidence was the lowest of any State for most of last five years, housing registered the lowest growth of new dwellings per capita for last five years. Under the NSW Liberals and Nationals the State’s economy is improving with more economic growth. We have provided payroll tax rebates as an incentive for business to create new jobs. We are delivering on our commitment to rebuild the economy, with more jobs, more growth, and more confidence for the people of NSW.

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FINAL 33M SWIMMING CLUB Presentation Night was held at the Bowling Club due to the inclement weather. Thanks to the Bowling Club for accommodating us at the last minute. While the full list of winner would take up most of the Sport page, here are some of the highlights. Pointscore boys champions were Toby Fisher, Marshall McKay, Wade Kinsela, Ciaran Etty, Regan Hughes and Josh Pizzas available at all times Flannery. Pointscore girls champions were Amber Johnson, Laura Flannery, Amelia Holmes, 110 Gaskill Street CANOWINDRA Brooke Kinsela, Alicia Earsman and Amara Flannery. Overall improvers pointscore went to Toby Fisher while BBB Improvers pointscore was a tie between Ellie Giger and Damon McKay. Lachlan Balcombe was over all Belly Flop Champion. Learn to swim cup fastest was Mitchell Clark while Angus Clark was learn to swim handicap winner, ie he swam exactly to his handicap time. Thanks to everyone for a wonderful season. Here's to a new pool and new traditions in the 2013-14 season.

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CANOWINDRA WOMEN'S BOWLS Results of No. 4 Pennant match played last Tuesday 19 March: Canowindra (1) defeated Canowindra (2) with an aggregate of 40-33, winning both rinks and scoring the maximum 5 points. Thank you to Umpire Ellen Petty, Co ntro lling Body Moyna Rue, Greenkeeper Richard Waugh, and Bar Staff Eryn Traves and Johnno Preston. There were two social games played, one triples and one pairs. Daph Bryant, Ellen Petty and Moyna Rue defeated Bobbie Turner, Jenny Middleton and Betty Hodge. Mon Hamer and Linda Miller defeated Doris Pfeiffer and Jean Roth 14-8. It was great to have 26 bowlers on the green. The Lucky Draws were won by Diane Slattery with No. 8 and Moyna Rue with No. 4. Results of No. 4 Pennant Matches played at home Thursday 21 March: Canowindra (1) defeated Parkes Railway Diggers with an aggregate of 45-36, winning both rinks and scoring the maximum 5 points. Canowindra (2) were defeated by Parkes with an aggregate of 43-21, Parkes winning both rinks and scoring the maximum 5 points. Thanks to Umpire Col Haywood from Parkes, Controlling body Moyna Rue, Greenkeeper Richard Waugh, Bar Staff Johnno Preston and a special thanks to Treasurer Dianne Mooney for all her assistance on the day. The raffle was won by Diane Slattery, 50 Club: first was No. 39 Betty Hodge; second No. 13 Betty Hodge; and third No. 3 Gwenda Carty (Parkes) The 60th Birthday of the Central Western District is being held at the Canowindra Bowling Club Tuesday 23 April, the special guests for the occasion will be the State President Patricia Reynold and Director Denise Huenden. Plans for this important day were discussed at our monthly meeting on Tuesday. This event will occur during The Canowindra Balloon Challenge, which commences for a week Saturday 20 April. Until next week good bowling all. Shirley

Above: Western Challenge Winners Orange Hawks. Western Challenge League Tag Results It was a fantastic day of League Tag at Canowindra on Saturday, with perfect conditions for the Western Challenge Carnival. It ended with an all Orange Final as the girls from Orange Hawks & Orange Cyms put on a real spectacle in the final. Earlier in the day the 11 teams and 163 players from three competitions all showed glimpses of brilliance but it was Cyms that drew everyone's attention early with a 6-4 victory over the number three seeds Condobolin Rams. They then marched into the semi-finals with a victory over Cargo Blue Heelers. Orange Hawks defeated Cargo Blue Heelers and Young Cherry Pickers in their march to the semi-final. Bathurst St Pats and Canowindra Tigers were competition favourites and flexed their muscles in the pool games with big victories. But the two Orange clubs took them on. Hawks held St Pats to 6-6, but headed into the final on a count back as the first try scorers. In possibly the upset of the day Orange Cyms became giant killers when they defeated Canowindra 16-12, giving Cyms the scalps of both Woodbridge Cup Grand finalists Canowindra and Condobolin on the same day. The Final was the best match of the day with Cyms getting out to a 12-8 lead at half time, they led 18-8 with 4 minutes to go before a Tenielle Hill inspired fight back saw Hawks storm home. Aleasha Clinghan scored first with Cass Vane calmly kicking the goal and it was 18-14. In the final minutes a loose ball was picked up by Hawks outside back Sophie Beer who headed off on a 90 metre run for the

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try line. Sophie beat the scrambling defence to score to the right of the posts. It was 18 all when Cass Vane stood up for the conversion, with nerves of steel Vane never looked like missing as the ball sailed between the posts, clinching Hawks their first ever Western Challenge title and $500 in prize money. Hawks 20 (Bec Bryden, Bec Darcy, Aleasha Clinghan, Sophie Beer tries. Cass Vane 2 goals) def Cyms 18 (Holly Gibson, Nicole Williamson, Kate Foran tries. Taylah Woodhouse 3 goals) Player of the Tournament went to Nicole Williamson from Cyms who scored 4 tries and was electrifying every time she touched the ball. A thank you to the Sponsors for the day: Donges Supa IGA Young, Canowindra Services Club, and Western Rams R.L. Full Results Orange Hawks 26 def Cargo Blue Heelers 10 Grenfell Goannas 14 drew Molong Bulls 14 Orange Cyms 6 def Condobolin Rams 4 Cowra Magpies 10 def Blackheath Blackcats 4 Bathurst St Pats 22 def Molong Bulls 4 Orange Hawks 20 def Young Cherry Pickers 14 Canowindra Tigers 52 def Blackheath 0 Orange Cyms 28 def Cargo Blue Heelers 0 Condobolin Rams 24 def Young 0 Bathurst St Pats 8 def Grenfell Goannas 0 Canowindra Tigers 20 def Cowra Magpies 0 Semi Final 1 Orange Hawks 6 def Bathurst St Pats 6 Semi Final 2 Orange Cyms 16 def Canowindra Tigers 12 Western Challenge Final Orange Hawks 20 def Orange Cyms 18

Canowindra Phoenix Issue 248  

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