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Last week, we concluded part one of David Armstrong’s story at the point where he had left Bingara Intermediate High school and completed his Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Letters (Australian history) degrees at the University of New England. Most of the information we published was provided by David’s brother, Dennis, and we take up the story when he was offered employment at the university’s newly opened Department of Adult Learning in Grafton.

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Driven by Social Justice Issues Dennis continued: ‘Soon, David was appointed to open the first of the University’s Office of University Extension in Grafton. The job involved providing assistance to students enrolled in External Studies (correspondence courses for part-time students). Driven by his strong interest in issues in social justice, David took it upon himself to get involved with the local Aboriginal community to encourage their involvement in education and their taking up of opportunities in higher education. In addition, he worked with a very enlightened controller of Grafton Prison to enrol some of the prisoners in external studies at the university. He provided study assistance and advice to a number of students, one of whom completed an undergraduate degree and following his release, undertook further studies, later successfully completing a Ph. D. Continued on page 4

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Recognising the value of further education, David decided that he should apply this to himself and he was successful in gaining a Canadian government scholarship. This enabled him to study towards a Ph. D. specialising in education history at the Ontario Institute of Higher Education. However, he struck a snag; the Australian government was very slow in issuing a passport.

less heat than existed at the time. Eventually, David recognised that his wish for the deeper more meaningful celebration would not happen as the support for what he saw as a ‘balloons and streamers’ party grew in the Board of the Bicentennial Authority and its political masters. Accordingly, he resigned from the position as CEO amid a great deal of adverse publicity.

Kim Beazley (Senior) who was the then Federal David’s next position was as CEO of Minister for Education , had become very interCommunity Aid Abroad (now known as Oxfam), ested in the work that David was doing to involve an organisation dedicated to generating disadvantaged people in undertaking university awareness and providing support to residents in studies. He had become a mentor to David, so developing countries. Unfortunately, those he contacted Mr Beazley for help. He was able concerns seem to attract less political to discover that the reason for the delay was that interest in recent times. one of David’s referees was Professor Russel David’s next employment was as head of the Ward, who in the post-WW2 period had been Melbourne University International Education accused of being a Communist. Within a very Office and his final job was working with the short time, Mr Beazley ensured that the passport Catholic Church to manage and deal with the was issued and David was on his way to Toronto, growing awareness of institutional child sexual Canada where he completed his Ph. D. abuse. Soon, the new Dr David Armstrong was appointed as Dean of Students at Humber College, a new tertiary institution which offered innovative courses for those without ready access to higher education. This included newly arrived immigrants to Canada, women and First Nation people. In the early 1970s, after the breakdown of his first marriage, David decided it was time to apply his skills and experience back in Australia. He was successful in applying for the position of Principal and CEO of Prahran College of Advanced Education, which until that time had been a Technical College with an attached Art School. Soon, the college began offering courses in film and television studies, circus skills and Jewish studies, as well as some of the more traditional tertiary courses. In the early 1980’s, David was enticed to apply for another career change as the CEO of the Australian Bicentennial Authority. This organisation was set up to prepare for the 200th anniversary of the European settlement of Australia. With his strong interests in Australian history and in social justice issues, David saw the Bicentenary as an opportunity to recognise the ‘warts and all’ of Australian history to that time. He also hoped the occasion would bring an opportunity to recognise the contribution of Indigenous people and non-British migrants to the development and future of the country. There was strong support for such an approach from some quarters, but an equally strong opposition from others and many of the issues that generated divergent views persist today, though perhaps with ISSUE 160|Thursday 14th June 2018

‘The King Passes’ Pausing for a moment to reflect on David’s drive and passion for change, we turned to three important contributions. Firstly, his brother Dennis said: ‘It seems that in many respects David was a man before his time in identifying issues that needed to be addressed to make Australia a more equal place. He was not always totally successful in his endeavours, but the work that he did was successful in creating a greater awareness which will lead to action to achieve his dreams.’ While we are reluctant to use social media sources for any of our feature stories, we found one we could not let pass without sharing it. On Friday January 12, 2007, not long after David Armstrong’s death, a New England blog, interested in the culture of the area, said: ‘The King passes – Death of David Armstrong. The end of 2006 saw the death of David Armstrong, one of New England’s more colourful characters whose life was marked by passion and controversy as well as great achievement.’ Roy Masters said: ‘Known as “the King” whilst still a student at the University of New England (1959-1961), had his college published a yearbook in the American fashion, David Patrick Armstrong would have been listed as “person most likely to succeed”.’ David’s story will continue next issue.

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Triticale is the first grain crop developed by man at the end of the 19th century using conventional plant breeding methods. The word triticale combines the latin names of wheat (triticum) and rye (secale). A hybrid of wheat and rye, this grain combines the best properties of both grains. The intention was to gain the high yield and quality of wheat with the disease tolerance and unique nutritional composition of rye. Researchers were surprised to find that triticale has higher levels of most vitamins and minerals than either wheat or rye. In earlier years triticale was mainly used as fodder but has recently become a popular health food for humans. It is surprising that this ‘super food’ is only grown in 29 countries including Poland, Australia, Germany, and France. Triticale is a rich source of manganese, iron, copper, zinc, phosphorous, calcium, potassium, and magnesium, as well as essential vitamins, including the entire B-family of vitamins and vitamin E. It also contains 50% more fibre than wheat or rye. Some health benefits from making triticale a part of your regular diet include: • High fibre levels help to balance blood sugar levels and help decrease constipation, diarrhoea, bloating, cramping, and other gastrointestinal conditions. • Triticale has good levels of iron, copper, and folic acid which are necessary for production of red blood cells. • Large amount of minerals significantly boost bone growth and prevent conditions like osteoporosis. • Containing 300% of the daily recommended intake of manganese in a single serving, this grain can assist in relieving asthma. Triticale Bread (Recipe from: Ingredients 1 cup Triticale flakes 1 tbsp dry active yeast 2 tbsp plus 1 tsp brown sugar ISSUE 160|Thursday 14th June 2018

1/4 cup warm water 2 tsp salt 3 cups whole wheat flour 2 cups unbleached plain flour or bread flour plus few more for dusting 1/2 cup warm milk

Method 1. In a saucepan, combine the triticale and 2 cups of water. 2. Bring to a boil and then simmer. Cook until you have a thick porridge. Remove from heat and cool. 3. M e a n while in a large mixing bowl, combine the yeast and brown sugar. Add 1/4 cup warm water and let it sit for 5 minutes until bubbly. 4. In a separate bowl, stir together the salt, whole wheat flour and 2 cups plain flour. 5. Add the triticale porridge and milk to the yeast mixture. 6. Now stir in the flour mixture little by little to the yeast mixture. You might either need less or a little more flour, but make sure to add it little by little while stirring the mixture. 7. Once it gets hard to stir with a spatula, drop it on a floured surface and knead it well for about 10-15 minutes (depending on how well your arm muscles have developed. The dough should be very slightly sticky though elastic at the same time at the end of the kneading. 8. Place it in a greased bowl, cover with a kitchen towel and let it rise until doubled. (An hour or so depending on humidity). 9. Punch down the dough, knead it for 3-4 minutes to press out the air holes. Cut out 1/3rd of the dough and shape both small and larger piles into balls. 10. Place the smaller ball on top of the larger one. Using the end of a spatula, pierce a hole right on the centre pushing it right to the bottom. It will help the smaller ball to hold on to the bigger one. 11. Cover loosely again and let it rise again until doubled - about 45-50 min. Preheat oven to 190C. Bake it until golden brown. The bread should sound hollow if tapped on the bottom - about 45 minutes. Bon Appetit!!

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Victoria – The Weekly Times June 6th

Emanuel facing criminal probe “Emanuel Exports has confirmed it is one of a “number of entities” the Federal Department of Agriculture and Water Carp plan’s new snags Resources is investigating over alleged criminal activity “Use of a herpes virus to kill off carp from Australian rivin the live export trade.” ers may not begin until September next year, if the NationThis follows visions on television of dead and dying sheep al Carp Control Plan gets approval at all.” in filthy conditions, on their way to slaughter, in the MidIn last week’s Local we reported that cash for researchdle East. ing the impact of the virus was running out, and this is likely to delay the release. This week the Times raised anLive – exports face ‘back door ban’ other delay issue, the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary The decision to ban or not to ban live exports, may be takMedicines Authority require to make a full assessment of en out the hands of the federal government with changes the likely impacts and therefore, the release date is further to international shipping regulations draining the econompushed out. ic viability of the trade. It was reported: A struggle to find workers “The new International Maritime Organisation’s requireBendigo shearing contractor, Rod Barty, has a way of asment for ships to use fuel lower than 0.5 per cent sulphur sessing future numbers of shearers. He told the Times: content from 2020, could deliver a significant cull of live “Add 10 years to the age of the shearers you see in your export ships.” shed and tell me how many of them will be still shearOne estimate is that fifty percent of the older ships will ing in 10 years, I say about 30-40 per cent of these guys go because of the requirements, and the building of new wouldn’t be. I have a team of twelve at the moment and ships, just for the live export trade, is unlikely due to the just one learner. It used to be that every farmer’s son would increasing demand for processed meat, coupled with pubhave a go at shearing for a while, but now many farmers’ lic concerns. sons would be lucky to know how to load a handpiece.” Chinese investment surges “Foreign investment in Australian agriculture has skyrocked to $7 billion, with China the biggest single source. China spent $2.2 billion in 2016-17 with Canada filling second place.”

Queensland – Queensland Country Life June 7th

Effluent to grow Lucerne hay It was reported: “Waste water in St George will soon be used to grow crops, rather than relying on evaporation, as a $489,000 project nears completion. From June 30 the 80ml effluent storage pond adjacent to the airport, will supply a lateral irrigator watering a 19.9 hectare block of land as part of a state government and Balonne Shire Council-funded initiative.” A farmer won the tender and according to a council feasibility study, the crop will return $75,799 per annum.

Were pimelea deaths anthrax It was reported: “Vets fear the recent spate of pimelea deaths in the south New South Wales – The Land June 7 west may have actually been caused by anthrax and are Climate change and resilience a priority warning all producers in the affected Maranoa and Balo- The Prime Minister’s visit to drought affected areas was nne areas to burn all carcases as a precaution.” considered a consultative exercise before any new policy measures are developed. The interesting thing about the federal agriculture portfolio is the firming of putting climate change resilience policies on the agenda. While ISSUE 160 |Thursday 14th June 2018

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Turnbull was careful to tread the middle ground, Assistant Agriculture and Water Minister, Anne Ruston, said what is gradually becoming clear to many: “Agriculture industries should drive their own response to adapt to the impacts of global warming. We will have all sorts of impacts from climate change, we need to rethink food systems, they have to become more resilient to shocks and disruption.” The opposition spokesman, Joel Fitzgibbon, welcomed the discussion on climate change and added: “Drought can no longer be viewed as an abnormal event. The main focus for policy makers and farm leadership groups must be helping farmers build resilience.” Prior to the trip, Federal Agriculture Minister, David Littleproud, also illustrated that climate change strategies need to be much more than just reactions to droughts. He said in May:

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“We need to help farmers adapt and change as the climates changes, to protect our food production, our rural jobs and country towns.” A refreshing change after decades of dithering! But, while long term thinking is very positive, quick action to help farmers through the present drought is absolutely essential. (Rod)

Poop into profit at Lismore It was reported: “Lismore’s Southern Cross University has teamed up with industry to investigate new uses for human excrement and food processing waste while, solving disposal issues. Or to put it simply, turn poo into profit.” The project leader told the Land that a $500,000 grant had been secured from the federal government to study ways of converting organic wastes into nutrients and energy.

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WOW! Changes at the Roxy Café When Scott and Elaine Ramsay decided to open the Roxy Cafe, their extensive business background ensured they had a good idea of the effort required to make it work. The first steps were to get the cafe open, then get to know Bingara, the customers and slowly consolidating their day trade. Consolidation by businesses is usually done by incremental changes, and in the case of the Roxy Café, this meant menu adjustments, adding and discarding products and all the while, providing first class customer service. But incremental changes never provide the WOW factor, that something that sets a business apart, something that is new to the market, and something that assures longevity. The Bingara Night Cap During a recent chat with Scott and Elaine we were certainly WOWED by their unveiling of what is surely a transformational change. We were introduced to The Bingara Night Cap, and Elaine was delighted to fill us in on the concept. “It is not a club, not a pub and not really a cafe. It will be somewhere nice where people can come for a quiet drink and mix with friends. We are not providing dinners in the normal sense, but a place to have a “night cap” at the Wine Bar, on the way home.” Perhaps the easiest way to understand the new look is that the day trade continues as usual, however the Wine Bar will cater for those looking for something different. Their liquor licence allows trading from 12 noon to 12 midnight, and the range of drinks will include wines, ports, soft drinks, craft beers and cocktails, including non-alcoholic “mock tails.” Also available will be cheeses, tea, coffee and cakes.

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Scott added: ‘We are not providing traditional dinners as we feel Bingara is well looked after by the existing providers, and it is not consistent with our “drop-in” concept. We wanted something different for people to try on their way home and alcohol will be available anytime during our licence times.’ Vibrant town One thing very clear from our discussion, was that they are strategic thinkers, and a comment by Elaine showed they understand the advantages of always looking at the big picture. She said: “One of the things we would like to foster is music on Sunday’s and we immediately thought of busking as we are close to Tamworth. This could be embraced by the whole town as a ‘Sunday’ venue for people from all around the region to come and listen to the music and have coffee at the various venues. Bingara is a very vibrant town which people love to visit, and this would give them another reason to call.” Place to relax While the Roxy Cafe will provide different things to different people at different times, the one common thread is the aim to ensure a relaxed environment. For example, it will be a drop in place where people can relax, read a book, play games, chat to friends, use devices such as laptops, or simply watch the world go by. Trading hours are Monday (9am to 5pm), Tuesday/Wednesday (Closed), Thursday, Friday and Saturday (9am –4 pm, Wine Bar till late), Sunday (9am – 5pm.)

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Mr. Last and Recruiting A Bingara incident

Source: Moree Gwydir Examiner and General Advertiser, Friday 2 November 1917, page 2 While Lieutenant Killeen, of the Sportsmen Unit was Mr. Last supporters, held during the day, had decided to speaking at Bingara on Thursday night last week, an request Mr. Last not to speak at the recruiting meeting. interjection was made by Mr. Cecil Last, who was among Mr. Clark further explained that Mr. Last had boon fined the listening crowd. In reply, the speaker invited Mr. Last on a previous occasion and his local supporters did not to come up on the platform and publicly state his views on wish to be called on to pay another fine for him and had recruiting. Mr. Last stated that, if he did so, he might render therefore requested him. not to speak in case ho should himself liable to prosecution under the War Precautions make some remark on which a prosecution would he Act, adding that he would answer the statements of the based Lieut. Killeen expressed regret that Mr. Last had recruiting speakers at his (Last’s) own meeting on the not stood to his challenge, and improved the opportunity following Saturday night and would give Lieut. Killeen by a forceful address, lasting two hours, on the war as an opportunity of speaking from the same platform. The it affected the worker and the reasons why he should offer was gladly accepted and last Saturday Lieut. Killeen fight. Mr. V. A. Spence also spoke. In consequence of Mr. and Mr. V. S. Spence arrived in good time at the meeting Last’s challenge tho arrangements which had been made place, the Central Hotel balcony. The Mayor (Mr. Bull) for speaking at Tingha on Saturday night were modified, presided, but after proceedings had been formally opened but Sergt-Major McMurtrle spoke there and received an Mr. Clark, secretary of the Bingara branch of the P.L.L., exceptionally good hearing. asked permission to speak, and stated that a meeting of


Source: Inverell Times, Tuesday 21 May 1907, page 6 Before the Licensing Bench on Tuesday morning the licensee of the Riverview Hotel was transferred to Mr. G. Armstrong, from Mr. S. Armstrong. We hope George will continue to receive the good share of patronage his father has received in the past. Eleven farms, comprising in all 30,650 acres in the parishes of Paler, Caroda, Currangandi, and Pringle, and partly within the Rocky Crock Holding; and three farms, comprising in all 12,908 acres, parish of Myall, will be available for Settlement Leases on 6th June next. Applications may be made from the 6th to 12th June inclusive, and the Local Land Board will sit at Bingara on the 13th June when the applications will be considered. Full particulars as to conditions, survey fees, and lithographs showing the lands in questions, may be obtained from the Crown Land Agent at Bingara. The advertisement concerning this matter has already appeared in these columns. ISSUE 160|Thursday 14th June 2018

SRC 2001

Back Row: Phillip Heal, Matt Connelly, Ronald Picton, Graham Rampling, Tara Vines, Ashlee Lanagan, Jason Smith, Kimberley Apthorpe, Henry Young, William Whitefed Front Row: Childs Cathy-Anne, Laura Heal, Grace Hosegood, Penelope Goodwin, Kelly Cook, Carissa Riley, Tina Arvela, Jessica Wade

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Bingara Central School Photos

Bingara Group A 1968

Back Row: Graham Rampling, Michael Butler, Mick Wilkins, Chris Abra, Darrel Walton, Bill Johnson. Third Row: Bruce Hunt, Dianna Dixon, Dianne Nelson, Jill Smith, Robyn Andrews, Kirk Anderson, Second Row: …….. McLachlin, David Connolly, Gary Walton, Mick Reading, Peter Cobcroft, Scott Geddes, Robert Morton, Chris Parker. Front Row: Rebecca ……., Kerry Brookes, Judy Brown, Jenny Foster, Beverley Rampling, Ilsa Merritt, Margaret Cook, Jacky Hall. Teacher: Miss Bottera.

Bingara First Year 1951

From top row to bottom row, left to right: Bobby Taylor, Teddy Taylor, Barry Rollings, Peter Rose, Peter Reading, Ross Batterham, Graham Rush obscured. Miriam Starr, Ronnie Greacen, Tony Reece, Leonard Catilano, Kerry Cooper, Jimmy Rollings, Noel Withers, Geofrey East, Alan Cooper, Rodney Riley, Ray Uny, Norman Batterham, Neil Withers, Patty Gordon.Kay Mitchell, Heather McGowan, Pam Cooper, Josie Troutman, Dawn Johnson, Betty Riley, Patti Camden, Betty Hinder, Barbara Ali, Maureen Collins.Brenda Garden, Josie Bilsborough, June Fletcher, Pam Sparke, Sally Cooper, Melva Konz, Betty Hartog, Pam Ball.

Bingara Sixth Grade

Back Row: Toby McGowan, Max Walton, Charles McKenzie, Trevor Fay, Paul Wagstaff, Athol Hutchen. Third Row: Lucy Batchelor, Monica Rampling, Janet Troutman, Daphne Foster, Charmaine Dixon, Marie Cross, Eileen Anderson. Second Row: Nancy Cobcroft, Kitty Connolly, Dawn Fox, Lynette McIntosh, Margaret McConaghy, Janice Batterham, Irene Pleffer. Front Row: Oscar Hall, Rodney Brown, Johnny Lockhart, Ford Leahly, Duncan Yates, Neil Dufty. ISSUE 160|Thursday 14th June 2018

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Warialda Fire £25,000 Damage

Source: Glen Innes Examiner,Thursday 11 August 1927, page 4 In addition to having his store buildings destroyed, Mr. C. S. Pyrke, of Warialda lost all his books and £170 in cash, the day’s takings in one of the biggest fires the town has ever experienced. A disastrous fire occurred at Warialda about daylight yesterday morning, resulting in the demolition of the main buildings of the town. The fire started at the rear of C. S. Pyrke’s store, and when noticed was beyond control. The store and adjoining residence soon were reduced to ashes. The fire spread rapidly, wiping out the Council Chambers on one side and damaging the Commercial Bank concrete building on the other side. George Slack’s boot store, P. Crethary’s refreshment rooms and hair dressing saloon, S. McPherson’s tailor’s shop, and the School of Arts were totally destroyed, together with most of the contents. Owing to strenuous efforts on the of part of willing workers, buildings on the opposite side of the street were saved. The total loss is estimated at £25,000.

Lawson and Campbell General Store in Warialda,New South Wales in 1900 also destroyed by fire in 1927.e If you have any family History you’d like to share with the local readers please email them to: we’d love to hear from you. ISSUE 160|Thursday 14th June 2018

E.W. Excell General Store and residence in Warialda,New South Wales in 1905. This building was destroyed in the 1927 town fire.

Singleton interest in pretty Warialda Wedding.

Source: Singleton Argus, Friday 15 September 1939, page 6 The wedding at Warialda recently of Marion Joyce, only daughter of Mr and Mrs Ern. Stehr. of Warialda, to Maurice Aubrey, youngest son of Mr and Mrs. A. Irvine, of Macksville, was a particularly pretty ceremony, and was attended by the following Singleton residents: Mr and Mrs L. Heuston, Mrs A. McGregor, Mrs Rodney Bailey, and Mr and Mrs Arthur Heuston. The bride is a niece, to Mrs McGregor, cousin to Mr L. Heuston, and niece to Mr Arthur Heuston. The bride’s two little attendants, who attracted great interest in their charming Early Victorian frocks of magnolia chiffon, were Wilma Heuston, daughter of Mr and Mrs Arthur Heuston, and Barbara Bailey, daughter of Mr and Mrs Rodney Bailey. Mr and Mrs Irvine’s future home will be in Moree.

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Protect yourself from scams Scams target everyone Scams target people of all backgrounds, ages and income levels across Australia. There’s no one group of people who are more likely to become a victim of a scam, all of us may be vulnerable to a scam at some time. Scams succeed because they look like the real thing and catch you off guard when you’re not expecting it. Scammers are getting smarter and taking advantage of new technology, new products or services and major events to create believable stories that will convince you to give them your money or personal details.

Keep your personal details secure. Put a lock on your mailbox and shred your bills and other important documents before throwing them out. Keep your passwords and pin numbers in a safe place. Be very careful about how much personal information you share on social media sites. Scammers can use your information and pictures to create a fake identity or to target you with a scam.

Keep your mobile devices and computers secure. Always use password protection, don’t share access with others (including remotely), update security software and back up content. Protect your WiFi network with a password and avoid using public computers or WiFi hotspots Protect yourself Be alert to the fact that scams exist. When dealing with to access online banking or provide personal information. uninvited contacts from people or businesses, whether it’s over the phone, by mail, email, in person or on a social Choose your passwords carefully. Choose passwords networking site, always consider the possibility that the that would be difficult for others to guess and update them approach may be a scam. Remember, if it looks too good regularly. A strong password should include a mix of upper and lower case letters, numbers and symbols. Don’t to be true, it probably is. use the same password for every account/profile, and don’t Know who you’re dealing with. If you’ve only ever met share your passwords with anyone. someone online or are unsure of the legitimacy of a business, take some time to do a bit more research. Do a Goo- Review your privacy and security settings on social gle image search on photos or search the internet for oth- media. If you use social networking sites, such as Faceers who may have had dealings with them. If a message or book, be careful who you connect with and learn how to email comes from a friend and it seems unusual or out of use your privacy and security settings to ensure you stay character for them, contact your friend directly to check safe. If you recognise suspicious behaviour, clicked on spam or have been scammed online, take steps to secure that it was really them that sent it. your account and be sure to report it. Do not open suspicious texts, pop-up windows or click on links or attachments in emails – delete them: If un- Beware of any requests for your details or money. Never sure, verify the identity of the contact through an indepen- send money or give credit card details, online account dedent source such as a phone book or online search. Don’t tails or copies of personal documents to anyone you don’t use the contact details provided in the message sent to you. know or trust. Don’t agree to transfer money or goods for someone else: money laundering is a criminal offence. Don’t respond to phone calls about your computer asking for remote access – hang up – even if they mention a Be wary of unusual payment requests. Scammers will well-known company such as Telstra. Scammers will of- often ask you to use an unusual payment method, includten ask you to turn on your computer to fix a problem or ing preloaded debit cards, gift cards, iTunes cards or virinstall a free upgrade, which is actually a virus which will tual currency such as Bitcoin. give them your passwords and personal details. ISSUE 160|Thursday 14th June 2018

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Myall Creek Massacre 180th Commemoration

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Late Sunday afternoon on June 10th 1838, a gang of 12 stockmen brutally slaughtered 28 Aboriginal men, women and children who had been camping peacefully on the Myall Creek cattle station in northern N.S.W. The Myall Creek Massacre was only one of the countless massacres of the Frontier Wars right across Australia, from the earliest days of British settlement well into the twentieth century. Myall Creek was the only time those responsible were arrested, charged and hung for the crime. Its unique place in our history was acknowledged by the building of a Myall Creek Memorial at the site, unveiled on 10th June 2000. The Federal and NSW State Governments have added the site to their National Heritage Lists. Over 1000 people were in attendance at the annual memorial ceremony at Myall Creek on Sunday.

Smoking Ceremony at Myall Creek Memorial

Aboriginal Dancers at Myall Creek Memorial

Aboriginal Dancers at Myall Creek Memorial

Bingara Central students at Myall Creek Memorial

Bingara Central students at Myall Creek Memorial

Bingara Central students at Myall Creek Memorial

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Beef bourguignon with cheesy scone dumplings Ingredients 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1.2kg beef chuck steak, excess fat trimmed, cut into 3-4cm pieces 1 large brown onion, sliced 3 garlic cloves, sliced 200g button mushrooms, sliced 150g rindless bacon rashers, chopped 375ml (1 1/2 cups) red wine 125ml (1/2 cup) tomato passata 750ml (3 cups) salt-reduced chicken stock 8 fresh thyme sprigs, plus extra, to serve 2 bay leaves Cheesy scone dumplings 300g (2 cups) self-raising flour 80g butter, chilled 125ml-160ml (1/2-2/3 cup) milk 80g (1 cup) coarsely grated gruyère

stirring to dislodge any cooked-on bits from base of pan, for 1-2 minutes, until slightly reduced. Add beef, passata, stock, thyme, bay leaves and 250ml (1 cup) water. Stir to combine. Cover and bake for 2 hours or until beef is tender. 3. Meanwhile, to make the dumplings, place flour in a large bowl. Coarsely grate the butter over the flour. Use your fingertips to rub the butter into the flour. Add 125ml (1/2 cup) milk. Use a round-bladed knife in a cutting motion to mix until evenly incorporated and mixture begins to hold together, adding more milk if necessary. Transfer to a lightly floured surface and pat into a 2cm-thick round. Use a 4.5cm cutter to cut 14 rounds from the dough. 4. Increase oven to 220C/200C fan forced. Uncover the casserole. Arrange the dumplings over the beef mixture. Sprinkle with gruyère and bake for 20 minutes or until the dumplings are golden. Set aside for 5 minutes to rest. Sprinkle with extra thyme.

Method 1. Preheat the oven to 180C/160C fan forced. Heat 1 tbs oil in a 4L flameproof casserole dish over medium-high heat. Add half the beef and cook for 2-3 minutes each side or until browned. Transfer to a plate. Reheat the dish and repeat to cook remaining beef. 2. Heat remaining 1 tbs oil in dish over medium heat. Add onion, garlic, mushroom and bacon. Cook, stirring often, for 5 minutes or until onion is soft. Add wine and cook,


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High rego fees not only issue affecting caravanners in New South Wales

While welcoming the 40% reduction in private motor vehicle tax on caravans and camper-trailers announced by the New South Wales Government last weekend, there are other pressing issues affecting recreational vehicle owners (RVers) in New South Wales according to the Australian Caravan Club (ACC). On Saturday, New South Wales State Treasurer Dominic Perrottet and Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey announced a 40% reduction in motor vehicle tax for private caravan owners for caravans up to 4.5 tonnes which will come into effect on 1 November 2018. ACC Chairman Craig Humphrey said that the 40% reduction will be appreciated by families, pensioners and self-funded retirees. “Our Club also acknowledges that New South Wales has some of the most generous registration provisions for pensioners in any State. Anyone even on a part pension receives free registration for one vehicle each year.” “Our Club lobbied the New South Wales government back in 2014 pleading for a reduction in the high registration fees on caravans in that State,” Mr Humphrey said. “Our pleas fell on deaf ears at the time.” “However, our Club questions what the New South Wales Government is doing to align the State with other States such as Victoria when it comes to setting registration fees on caravans and camper trailers.” “Compared to other States, the New South Wales registration fee for private caravan owners is over-priced, placing an unfair burden on caravanners.” Mr Humphrey said that the higher caravan registration fees ISSUE 160|Thursday 14th June 2018

was only one issue affecting RVers in New South Wales that requires attention. “The New South Wales Government needs to start doing something to improve not only the number of roadside rest areas, but the allocated space available in rest areas for RVs,” Mr Humphrey said. “We have truckies and RVers vying for space in rest areas. Some of the angst that is arising between truckies and vanners at rest stops is the result of inadequate space and number of rest areas currently available for RVers along New South Wales highways.” “While RVers acknowledge that truckies operate on a time schedule and must have regulatory rest stops, RVers too need fatigue management.” “If the New South Wales Government is serious about helping caravanners, then they need to improve the availability and size of roadside rest areas to accommodate the travelling RVer for overnight stays and fatigue management,” Mr Humphrey said. The ACC has recently called for a summit of interested stakeholders in a major effort to resolve issues between truckies and vanners on the road and develop protocols under which both road-user groups can work. “All affected stakeholder groups need to collaborate together, be working off the same page and at the same time, be delivering the same message. At the moment we are seeing several stakeholders including our own Club using individual resources, at times with slightly different messages, that are not reaching the full targeted audiences,” Mr Humphrey said.

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We are pleased to add another feature to the Local’s classified advertising, a Business Directory, to help our small businesses get their messages out. For a very affordable $6.50 per week, anyone with products or services available for Bingara residents, qualify for this discount price. We are keen to hear from trade’s people, those with home cottage industries, or with skills such as photography, computers and information technology, and they are prepared to help others for a reasonable return. To lodge an advertisement, simply phone or call on the Newsagency (02 67 241 500) or text Rod on 0428241500 TRA ELECTRICAL


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MEETING Bingara RSL Dart’s Club 3.30 pm Saturday 16th June Bingara RSL Club New players are most welcome


Thursday: Sunny. High 19. Wind west-northwest around 5 kph. Thursday night: Clear. Low 3. Wind west-northwest near calm in the evening, becoming north after midnight. Friday: Sunny. High 19. Wind northwest around 6 kph, gusting to 25 kph, in the morning, becoming 12 kph, gusting to 27 kph, in the afternoon. Friday night: Clear. Low 2. Wind west-northwest near calm in the evening, becoming west-southwest after midnight. Saturday: Sunny. High 17. Wind west-northwest around 10 kph, gusting to 31 kph, in the morning, becoming 16 kph, gusting to 33 kph, in the afternoon. Saturday night: Clear. Low -1. Wind west-southwest around 4 kph. Sunday: Sunny. High 15. Wind southwest around 5 kph, gusting to 25 kph, in the morning, becoming 12 kph, gusting to 27 kph, in the afternoon. Sunday night: Fair in the evening, becoming fair to partly cloudy after midnight. Low 1. Wind west around 4 kph. Monday: Sunny. High 16. Wind west around 5 kph in the morning, becoming 12 kph, gusting to 26 kph, in the afternoon. Monday night: Fair in the evening, becoming clear after midnight. Cold. Low -1. Wind southwest around 4 kph. Tuesday: Sunny. High 18. Wind southwest around 6 kph, gusting to 25 kph, in the morning, becoming 13 kph, gusting to 27 kph, in the afternoon. Tuesday night: Clear. Cold. Low 0. Wind south around 9 kph.

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Darts was played on Sunday 10th June with 8 players. Doubles was also played. The men’s highest score was Mick Reading with 125 and the ladies was Betty Fennelly. The men’s highest peg was Tim O’Grady with 42 and the ladies was Betty Fennelly. Well done Betty. The winner of the Lucky Dart Board Number 8 was Jill Smith. After a three way play off, the winners were Tim O’Grady and

Wayne Randall. Runners up were Norman Minty and Betty Fennelly. The winners of the 100 club were 1st Johnette Walker, 2nd Josie Lucassen, 3rd Bob Cummins. A big thank you to all who support the club. Next weeks game will be Sunday 17th June. Names to be in by 12 noon for a 12.30pm start. Members all welcome. Cheerio.

Bingara Minor League and Girls Leaguetag return to Gwydir Oval this weekend and take on the Tingha Tigers followed by the Bingara Bullets taking on the Uralla Tigers. For a great day of footy come long to Gwydir Oval. Bez Dixon will be cooking a BBQ breakfast for minor league and a canteen will run all day. Game times are as follows please note there are no under 6’s this weekend due to Tingha not having a side in this age group. Under 8’s @ 10am - Field 2 Under 10’s @ 10am - Field 1 JLT @ 10.50am - Field 2

ILT @ 10.50am - Field 1 Under 12’s @ 11.40am - Field 1 SLT @ 12.30pm - Field 1 Good luck to all teams A reminder that there will be team photos the following Saturday, 23 June from 8am sharp at Gwydir Oval. Please can players come dressed in their Bingara footy shorts and socks - their coaches will provide them with their playing jerseys on the day for the photos. This will be the only opportunity for team photos so it is encouraged that all players attend.

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Practical ways to move more

It’s a common misconception that being physically active requires going to a gym or splashing out on expensive exercise equipment. The fact is many everyday activities, from gardening to walking your dog count as valuable activity. The key is to embrace the concept of seeing all movement as an opportunity, not an inconvenience. Use excuses like ‘I have to check the mail’, or ‘I need to visit the ATM’ as motivation to enjoy some fresh air and a walk. Here’s how to turn life’s odd jobs into healthier lifestyle activities. At Home Outsmart the couch ​You’ve had a long day at work, dinner’s been cooked, the dishes cleared away and you’ve been looking forward to watching your favourite TV show all day. Great! Use this opportunity to do an ad-break workout. Try completing one set of 20 lunges, squats, crunches or as many push-ups as you can per break. Repeat this for each ad-break during your show. Better still, press record and go for a 15-minute walk. When you return use the fast forward function to enjoy commercial-free viewing. Maximise the mundane ​You probably lug your overstuffed laundry basket to the clothesline in one trip, but you’ll burn extra kilojoules by making multiple trips. So instead of emptying the washing machine’s contents into one basket, make smaller trips back and forth. The same principle applies to moving the weekly grocery shopping from the car to the pantry. Squat away clutter ​Instead of thinking, ‘I don’t feel like picking that up now’, view a cluttered floor as a chance to get some leg and butt work in. Bend your knees and squeeze those glutes when putting away clothes, shoes and everything else that isn’t where it should be. Do it yourself ​Try mowing your lawn with a push mower, or taking an afternoon to weed the garden. You could add a fresh coat of paint to a room in the house. In the kitchen, instead of buying frozen pre-cut vegies, chop them fresh and mix ingredients with a spoon using elbow grease instead of an electric mixer. Page 17

Stock Report

Chook Run: Thirteen players contested the Chook run last Thursday and it was great to see Ted Sparke having a game after a very long layoff. The winner was Vincent McTaggart with 23 stableford points and the runner up was Peter Houlahan with 20 points. Next week we play the back nine. Sunday’s Golf: A good field came along on Sunday for our 18 holes Ambrose and the winners were Damian Galvin, Gav Galvin and Mark McGowan

with a 55 ¾ net from runners up, Jenny Burling and Lloyd and Tom Fullerton on 59 net. Ball competition winners were Judy and Mervyn Hall and John Gill; the nearest to the pin on the 7th & 16th was Mervyn and Judy Hall, on the 9th & 18th Jenny Burling and Blake Allan. Next Sunday we play the 27 holes Scutt Cup .Names by 11.00am for tee off at 11.30am. This Week’s Golf: Thursday: 9 holes chook run. Sunday: 27 hole Scutt Cup.

CATTLE: This week saw 723 less cattle and quality lifting to pen 1,029 head. There was a useful penning of weaners, along with good drafts of yearling steers and good supplies of well finished cows, although that category halved in number. Trends tended to the dearer side for most categories, with all processors present, as well as keen restocker interest and the usual feeder orders. Light steer weaners showed good improvements of up to 20c to restockers for backgrounding purposes, while heifer weaners increased 4c to 7c/kg for medium weights, again to restockers. A draft of heavier weight steer yearlings to feed saw those quality cattle sell to dearer trends of 26c, heavy weight steers improving 7c/kg, also to feed. Feeder heifers, too, saw dearer trends of 18c to 22c/kg. Grown steers sold to cheaper trends of 6c/kg, while the heifer portion saw dearer trends. Restockers stood off the light 1 and 2 score cows, these cheaper by 15c, while medium weight 1 and 2 score cows sold to local restockers, and the 3 scores averaged 173c/kg. The well finished 3 and 4 score cows saw dearer trends of 3c to 9c/kg. Bulls again sold to slightly cheaper trends, but with quality being a factor. SHEEP: There were 2,395 sheep and lambs less, 3,005 in total, consisting of 1,525 good quality lambs, with a good selection of grain assisted lambs available, as well as 1,480 prime grown sheep. All the regular gallery of buyers attended and operated. Lambs under 18kg showed dearer trends of $3 to $5/head with limited numbers available. Trade lambs saw dearer trends of $10, while heavy lambs were $10 to $16/head dearer. Grain assisted extra heavy lambs showed dearer trends of $15/head. Hoggets sold to $120/ head. Light ewes sold to firm trends. Crossbred ewes also sold to firm trends on last sale, making to $165/head. Dorpers showed cheaper trends selling from $114 to $145, to be $20/head back on last day, however quality was a factor with the lesser sales. The best Merino wethers sold to $180, carrying a big skin, a $30/head gain on a fortnight ago. Other wethers also saw dearer trends.

ing club will be holding its presiSocial Bowls: Last Wednesday there were 5 play- dent’s day. Morning tea 9.25am ing social bowls; Graeme Mack, playing bowls 10.00am Robyn O’Neile and Phil Brien Croppa Creek Invitation Tridefeated Graeme Mack, Russell ples: Lewis and Garry O’Neile 21 shots On Sunday 24 June the Croppa creek invitation triples will be held. to 10. Last Saturday there were no social Morning tea at 9.25am and games starting at 10.00am. Contact Lawbowls played; rie Timms on 0427545227. Club Championship’s: On Saturday the start of the Minor Social Bowls: Singles and Men’s triples in the Saturday 16 June: Mens Triples club championships will be played; and Minor Singles @ 1pm, SoMinor singles; Dale Baldock to cial Bowls @ 1.30pm. Sunday 17 play Vince McTaggart marker Al- June: Bingara Presidents Day @ lister Lemin; Kevin Galvin, Tom 10am. Wednesday 30 June: SoFullerton and Trevor Galvin to cial Bowls @ 1.30pm. Saturday play Tony Miller, Col Roberg and 23 June: Mens Triples @ 1pm, Ashley Otter; Don Mack, Garry Social Bowls @ 1.30pm. Sunday O’Neile and Jim Henderson to 24 June: Mens Fours Finals and play John Webb, Graham McMa- Minor Singles@ 1pm Duty Team: nus and David Withers. Mervyn Galvin, Stuart Dixon and Bingara President’s Day: On Sunday 17 June Bingara Bowl- Rob Kilmore Sourced from MLA Inverell Saleyard Report ISSUE 160 |Thursday 14th June 2018 Page 18

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Bingara boys representing Central North in Rugby Union

Photo Left:

(l-r) Angus Marshall and Harrison Tevaga. Photo Right: Brandon Tevaga

Under 11’s Central North Team Bingara boys Angus Marshall and Harrison Tevaga travelled to Killara on the weekend as part of the under 11’s Central North Team competing in the Junior Rugby Union State Championship. On Saturday, the team defeated Penrith and Sydney Uni and were beaten by Randwick. Sunday saw the Central North Team defeat Mid North Coast and then went down to Warringah and Gordon Highlanders.

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Under 12’s Central North Team As part of the Under 12’s Junior Rugby Union team, Brandon Tevaga travelled to Camden to compete in the NSW State Championship. They also had 6 games over 3 great days of rugby which was a great experience on and off the feild. The country teams experienced great competition against city teams as the under 12’s is very competitive. Central North played Central West, Illawara, Southern Districts, Eastwood & ACT-Brumbies.

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