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The official opening of the Marine Rescue Alpine Lakes base, and commissioning of the unit’s new rescue vessel, underlines a $405,000 investment in boating safety in the high country. The Marine Rescue NSW Board of Directors, Commissioner Stacey Tannos and Deputy Commissioner Dean Storey joined unit members, emergency services personnel, Snowy Monaro Regional Councillors Anne Maslin and Peter Beer, Reverend Father Peter Miller of St Columbkille’s Catholic Church and community representatives for the dual celebration. See more on page 3.

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Elizabeth’s Wisdom Words - The Orchid I was recently given an orchid plant. What a most magnificent flower it was. The only way to describe it was, to call it sheer perfection. The colour was almost indescribable, the delicacy of the bloom was breath taking, and it was given to me. It was with great fear and trepidation I accepted the gift. I don’t have “green thumbs“, in fact mine are more orange with purple around the edges. Certainly not skilled enough to look after such a beautiful thing.

Wanting to only do the best I studied the instructions, as my willing intent was to allow this plant to survive. I so longed for the plant’s beauty to grace my home. Did I need to buy a greenhouse, or some exotic magical potion to keep it alive? The instructions clearly stated that this was a hardy plant and was very easy to care for. I had to read that bit several times. There would be no problem and I would be more than able to look after my very special gift. In comparison I think many

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of us are just like the orchid. Beautiful, elegant, delicate, yet with a tricky reputation. We are perceived to be different, or tricky to work with, or even temperamental. Yet like the orchid we stand strong, and hardy, very capable to survive more than we are credited for. Outer beauty is only part of a much bigger story. To stand out in the plant world as magnificent is quite a feat. To stand out in the world as strong, beautiful, and magnificent makes you just as special. We would never liken ourselves to the beautiful orchid as we only see it’s perfection. We would humbly see ourselves more as a dandelion, or a buttercup, all magnificent surviving flowers. Why is it so hard for us to see that beautiful inner core that is truly who we are? Nurture and value the orchid and it will continue to flourish. Neglect leads to a dead plant. How often do we neglect the best parts of who

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we are? We become so busy pouring our caring onto others, we become invisible, and loose our bloom. When you enter this new life, you can be as magnificent as the orchid or as insignificant as the weed. We all admire the orchid and love its beauty. It is just as easy to admire, respect and value all you are, and all you will be in your lifetime. We are never invisible just magnificent as all that grows around us. Would a garden full of

orchids be enough for us, or would we yearn for diversity? Having read the instruction for care of my orchid, I did all that was asked. So there in pride of place it stands, blooming in its glory. When we follow our instruction of self-care we too can bloom and be magnificent in our own right. WISDOM What a beautiful flower You must be a wonderful gardener.

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MRNSW vessel and base a $400,000 investment in Alpine Lakes boating safety The official opening of the Marine Rescue Alpine Lakes base, and commissioning of the unit’s new rescue vessel, underlines a $405,000 investment in boating safety in the high country. The Marine Rescue NSW Board of Directors, Commissioner Stacey Tannos and Deputy Commissioner Dean Storey joined unit members, emergency services personnel, Snowy Monaro Regional Councillors Anne Maslin and Peter Beer, Reverend Father Peter Miller of St Columbkille’s Catholic Church and community representatives for the dual celebration. Commissioner Tannos said the unit

Les Threlfo was surprised and humbled by the honour of having the vessel bear his name.

provided a dedicated emergency search and rescue service on the Alpine Lakes and played a vital safety role in large community events such as the annual Snowy Mountains Trout Festival. Built by Snowy Sheds, the shed construction took several months from the sod turning ceremony on 6 August 2017. There are still a few last-minute fit-out items in the shed to complete, but it is essentially operational, just in time for the busy Easter and autumn school holiday period. He said Alpine Lakes 21, a robust $265,000 6.8m Ocean Cylinder RigidHulled Inflatable Boat, was one of more than 80 new and refurbished vessels, worth more than $18 million, delivered to MRNSW units. “This boat is well suited to the operating conditions on the Alpine Lakes,” he said. “It combines confident handling and speed with the durability of punctureproof foam-filled sponsons. It is also fitted with an array of search and rescue, navigation and advanced first aid equipment, significantly boosting the capability of the unit’s volunteers.” Commissioner Tannos said the unit base at the Jindabyne Boat Ramp was built and fitted out at a cost of $140,000, including a $40,000 State Government Community Building Partnership Grant. He thanked the NSW Government, members of the boating community and Snowy Mountains residents and visitors for their support for the vital work of MRNSW volunteers. “$8.50 of every boat license and registration goes towards funding of the

Marine Rescue organisation, providing a part of the Alpine Lakes region with the vital service to the boating and general latest technology on board,” said Unit Commander Les Threlfo. community” said Commissioner Tannos. Following the official ceremony, a light Unit Commander Les Threlfo said the new base provided the 38 unit members lunch was held at the Jindabyne Sport with a safe working environment and & Bowling Club, and several visitors protection for their essential search and enjoyed a short trip aboard the new vessel around Jindabyne’s foreshore. rescue equipment. “We have a great bunch of people He also noted the importance of the NSW Government acknowledging the who get a lot of satisfaction from giving location of the Marine Rescue Units, something back to the community.” Mr Threlfo said the unit was always often in prime real estate sites, as critical to the long-term viability and looking for new recruits. performance of the Marine Rescue Service’s emergency work. “This new boat is a great asset that will help us reach people more rapidly in the event of an emergency. Time is always of the essence on the lakes, given the high risk of hypothermia for anyone who falls overboard,” he said. Unit Commander Les Threlfo has stewarded this project for seven years, culminating with the official Adolf Franco is one of the long-serving opening this weekend, and Alpine Lakes crew members. was surprised to discover that the new vessel had been named in his honour. He was also presented with a Certificate of the Official Opening from Commissioner Tannos, and the official foundation plaque was unveiled. “The vessel can maneuver through our worst storms, and can detect a person Members of the Bateman’s Bay Unit from a great distance, on any embarked on a trip around the Lake.

More waiting for Rushes Bay DA decision Jindabyne East residents have been forced to wait even longer for a decision regarding the Rushes Bay development application. Snowy Monaro Regional Council decided to yet again defer the decision of the 21-lot subdivision, submitted more than two years ago. The DA has caused great concern for the Jindabyne East Residents Committee (JERC) who has presented to council a number of times about the issue. Traffic congestion, bushfire safety, damage to the environment and limited recreational access to walking tracks and Lake Jindabyne are just some of the concerns raised by JERC. The decision was due to be made at the February

council meeting, with the report from council staff recommending refusal based on environmental and social impacts. Deferring the decision due to a request from the developer to have more time to provide additional information was accepted, with two weeks given for the receipt of the said information. Although nothing has yet been received, the developer requested another deferral, and councillors again accepted in the March meeting. President of JERC Shane Trengove says they are disappointed council didn’t proceed with the recommendation to refuse the DA. “Once again this decision has delayed the time to

seriously look at the report. Some of the discussion at the meeting indicated some councillors aren’t well enough informed about the DA to make a proper decision. “This further extension request did not indicate the developer would be able to meet the many planning requirements for the DA to be approved. It appears the developer is only seeking to provide further information on one of those issues. “Particularly for the residents who live in the immediate area of the lot, we are looking for more certainty. “We will continue to remain in opposition to the current DA and await council’s decision.”

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Home for history Snowy River Historical Society members continue to research many wonderful old properties, landmarks, and other valuable points of interest and bring their findings to meetings to share with everyone else. This method is a great way to learn about our wonderful history and oft times heritage. We meet the second Saturday of every month at our new, more permanent residence, at Berridale School front double classroom building on Oliver Street at 1.30pm followed by a shared

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Outstanding results for JCS at Thredbo MTB Interschools

Division 4 JCS student Bella Caddy Gammell racing to place 2nd in the Kosciuszko Flow Trail event of the 2018 Thredbo MTB Interschools competition.

A spirited group of over 40 Jindabyne Central School students competed in the Australian MTB Interschools that was held 15-18 March in Thredbo. JCS showed enormous team spirit and competed well with the 500 competitors from around 100 schools. The JCS team made a number of podium appearances throughout the four-day six-event competition in the disciplines of Cross Country, Downhill, Flow, Pump Track and XC Relay. The Flow Trail and Cannonball Downhill were the most popular events entered among the students however they showed they have the fitness to be competitive with great results gained in the XC race. Some notable results include: In the Kosciuszko Flow Trail Event, Division 2 Male JCS Team placed first with Lincoln Davis, Thomas Krpan, Ben J King, Sam Cash, Sandow Johnson, Jake E Taylpr, Mitchell Price and Finley Rynehart. Lincoln Davis came second individually against 176 competitors. Division 3 Male JCS Team placed first with Angus Falconer, Xavier Jirava, William D Melloh, Kane Davis, Beau Caddy-Gammell, Borck Freeburn,

Noah Goodman, Rennie Falconer, Thomas J Old, Sam Quinlan, Jack P Harmer, Andrew Mlejnek, Joe Connelly, Finn Chatten and Jackson Connelly. Division 4 Male JCS Team also placed first with Charlie Rogerson, Zac Brulisauer, Joe Quinlan, Tom Brulisauer, Harry Krpan, Oscar Wright, Will McGuire, Jamie R Russell, Archie Borcherds, Jesse Chatten, Nate Green, Flynn Niven, Flynn Willmott. Charlie Rogerson came second individually and Zac Brulisaur came fourth. Division 2 Female JCS Team placed first with Marlee Diver, Molly Robinson, Sienna Davies, Josie Baf, Keely Green, Abi Harrigan and Division 4 Female JCS Team also placed first with Bella Caddy Gammell, Ruby Freeburn and Maggie Wright. Bella Caddy-Gammell came second individually. Tamzen Davies came third in Division 3 individually. In the Pump Track Challenge the JCS girls showed their strength with Marlee Diver finishing fourth in Division 2 and Bella Caddy-Gammell winning Division 4. Her team mate Ruby Freeburn finished fourth. The Division 3 boys again showed their dominance with Jackson Connelly,

Division 3 JCS student Thomas Old competing in the Kosciuszko Flow Trail event of the 2018 Thredbo MTB Interschools competition.

Noah Goodman and Andrew Mlejnek placing first, second and third respectively. JCS had a strong male team of 13 in Division 3 for the Cannonball Downhill with six students finishing in the Top 20 of the 100 competitors in the race. Jackson Connelly placed first individually with a time of 6:19.30 and Angus Falconer came third. The Division 2 Male Team placed third. JCS performed well in the XC race and the Division 4 Male Team came first with Joe Quinlan finishing fourth individually. JCS had 15 students competing in Division 3 Male for the Cross Country Race and finished fifth overall. Again the Division 4 girls were a competitive force as the winning team with Bella finishing first and Ruby fourth. The Australian MTB Interschools gives young riders that special chance to experience mountain biking and the enthusiasm and energy of this rapidly growing sport in a competitive, educational and supportive atmosphere. The MTB Interschools JCS Liaison Teacher Julia Cane assisted during the event and thanked all the JCS parents

who helped out putting up tents, running water, food, sunscreen and aboveall supporting the students and JCS. “I am so proud to be a teacher at JCS and to have taught almost all of the MTB team. I couldn’t think of a better place to work. Thanks kids for being polite, friendly, supportive of each other and other teams and very clever on your bikes. Looking forward to moving ahead with MTB and being even bigger and better next year. Apparently we would have won overall if we had one more girls team so maybe we need to encourage some more girls to join,” said JCS teacher Julia Cane. JCS is committed to working with parents and the school community on the development of a more structured approach to support the MTB Interschool’s competition. “Thanks for all your help Julia Cane. You did an excellent job with the kids and look forward to a bigger and better 2019,” – Parent. “Thanks Julia Cane, you were an absolute legend all weekend, we couldn’t have asked for a more supportive and fun teacher,” - Parent.


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Snowy Mountains are alive and well… Last months’ article painted a dreary picture, but not so ‘dreary’ when we look at the bigger picture of the mountains. As promised we’re going to look a little into the natural history of the region. I’m no Botanist, but, like so many people, appreciate the beauty of flowers, trees, and all nonhuman life in the mountains … even the glorious sunsets we experience. Along with discussing flora we must consider the climactic zones in which they normally occur. The enormity of this discussion renders the necessity to continue this series of articles into another month. To gloss over this would be detrimental to these delights of our mountains.

Guess you’ve noticed the mountains are very rocky – true, this means the soil is poor and shallow. Rocks are mainly granite with quartz seams running through. The rocky nature of the land determines soil types and what plant communities are capable of growing. There are areas of basalt, evidence of long ago volcanic activity. Uplift and folding of rocks splits and turns rocks into vertical sharp razor-edged peaks.

Climactic zones are measured by altitude and temperature – higher altitude brings colder temperatures

with higher winds where snow becomes a factor. The general zones are ‘Alpine’, ‘Subalpine’, ‘Montane’ – wet, and, ‘Montane’ – dry. The four zones all occur on mountain slopes. Beginning from the ‘Top of Australia’: Alpine Zone is generally above 1850M. This Zone is large covering a single unique area and incorporates, basically, all life above the tree-line. The soil in this zone is shallow as winds can be considered a constant. Soils at this level are porous and easily removed. This is a point that graziers would have been aware of as they sought the best grasses for their herds on these higher slopes. Historically the Alpine Zone only had a few huts. Two definite cattlemen’s huts were Rawsons just below Rawsons Pass, and Foremans, the chimney seen between Club Lake Creek and Snowy River below Charlottes Pass. There were two or three ski huts/shelters. Previously there was ‘Wragges Conservatory’, very briefly, ON Kosciuszko! Another consideration in this zone is the value of low level peat areas, normally found in moist valleys. These soils are rich in content which no doubt contributes to the wealth of summer blooms.

Shrubs are identified by their low height, normally frost tolerant, with hard, waxy leaved heaths. This zone also supports grasses, and valley herbfields. The thick, scrubby shrubs grow in communities … guess that provides some protection against the weather. The lower scrub height may be an indication of long times under snow, where small mammals such as Broadtoothed Rat and Antechinus seek

shelter, and survive.

Other fauna in the Alpine area includes the frequently seen Galaxias [G.olidus]. This is the only fish found in this area and people know it by a few names including ‘mountain trout’. This little fish is found in tarns, pools, creeks and rivers. In this same habitat the tiny Alpine Tree Frog may often be seen. There are several skinks that fleet around the grasses and often sun themselves on the warm rocks. Seasonally, alpine mountains are rich in beautiful flowers that blanket the slopes, seemingly appearing overnight, and all together. The Alpine Zone supports heaths, grasses, clumps of spring/summer flowers. Spring flowers are mainly low flowering shrubs such as purple Alpine Hovea, yellow Leafy Bossiae, and Alpine Shaggy Pea [a pea often identified as Bacon and Egg]. Ground covering flowers include yellow Gunns and Granite, and white Anenome Buttercups.

Then there’s thicker clumps and ground covers such as Mountain Celery and Candle Heath [affectionately Dragon Heath]. Also the Tall Rice Flower [Kosciuszko Rose] has varying characteristics from rose bud to open multi-flowered heads as it matures. Alpine Gentian comes later.

Beautifully coloured weeds, also recognised as flowers growing in the wrong places, cover the mountain too. Dandelions, Clover … where would we girls of the ‘50s have been without our clover chains!

Most other flowers appear prolifically in summer. Silver Snow Daisies, Eye Brights in purples, pinks and the white Glacial Eye Bright, golden Billie Buttons, Silky Snow Daisies, Hoary Sunray [white paper daisy] and various Billy Buttons.

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Snowy Paws Pet Services The region has a new business which should be very popular with visitors who like to travel with their pets, as well as locals. Nikki Anderson has started a local business called Snowy Paws Pet Services. One of her business’s aims is to provide a service to visitors to the area that may be travelling with their animals. Nikki is a Cert 4 trained Vet Nurse with more than six years

Nikki Anderson’s new business will be popular with visitors travelling with their pets.

experience. She also holds a Cert 3 in Companion Animal Studies. She recently from Vet Nursing after Working for Snowy Vets since 2010. Nikki’s business will provide the following services that may be of interest to any visitors staying in pet friendly accommodation: Dog Walking including pick up and drop off $25 per hour/ + $10 for

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Lions Easter Art Show This year’s Lions Easter Art Show and Sale has attracted almost 300 entries from over 90 local and interstate artists. As usual, the show starts with the Mitre 10 Opening Night at 7pm on the Thursday before Easter. The organiser Terry Chalk says that again, the quality and variety of the artworks is amazing. “We have a wonderful mix of paintings, drawings, photographs, sculptures and craft, he said. There is something for everyone, whether it is a grand statement for your ski lodge or a feature for your living room, this is the place to pick up an absolute bargain. All of the artwork is priced at below $1500, with some as low as $50 and a tremendous selection of very high quality items in the $200 to $400 price range”, he said.

The Show is in the Jindabyne Memorial Hall and runs over Easter until the following weekend. Admission to the Opening Night is $15 which covers a light supper, beverages and of course the first chance to snare that artwork that you have always wanted. General admission to the show during the day is by $2 donation. Mr Chalk has praised the support of the local organisations who make this event possible through prizes and other support. “We really must publicly thank Kosciuszko First National R.E, Mitre 10, Lake Crackenback, 2020, Wendy Hukins Home Cleaning, Blizzard, Snowy Monaro Regional Council, Kunama Galleries, Mountain Maid Cleaning, Perisher, Nugget’s Crossing and NPWS for their support.”


SMGS Science Academy students’ paper published in the Journal of the Future Project Author: Dr Darryl Nelson, Head of Curriculum The Academies of Excellence Program at SMGS provides many opportunities to students, in multiple areas. Last year, through the Science Academy, two of our Year 11 students accepted the opportunity to work in a laboratory with some old colleagues of mine from my PhD days. Now that Antonia Murphy and Austin Beck are in Year 12, they can look back at that opportunity as an excellent learning experience. Not only did Austin and Antonia learn how a “real” laboratory works, they also have a scientific publication to their name, something which very few high school students can claim. This is an excellent achievement because it gives Austin and Antonia an edge should they choose to study any science subjects at university. As they can attest, it was not an easy task for them, as contributing to a scientific publication takes determination and is highly complex. Their paper, “ M e t h o d Development for Discovery of Potential Antibiotics”, required them to produce

Winogradsky Columns, which are essentially microcosms in which the interaction of soil microbes can be observed. As bacteria and fungi fight for supremacy, they resort to producing compounds that are toxic to each other, which we know as antibiotics. Penicillin, the first antibiotic discovered by Howard Florey in the 1930s, is produced by the fungus Penicillium chrysogenum specifically to kill bacteria that may compete for food in whichever environment it is found. Several other techniques were also used to try and isolate potential antibiotics. The processes were found to be highly useful and potential antibiotic candidates are currently being assessed. Their paper was published in the Journal of the Future Project, Volume 4 2017. This is but one example of the opportunities that the Academies of Excellence program at SMGS offers students and we are looking forward to many other exciting opportunities for students.

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With Lee Taylor-Friend Easter is one of my favourite times of the year in the Snowy Mountains. The diversity of the elements and nature as seasons change, wonderful artistic and community events that abound and influx of visitors who get to experience the amazing energy and beauty of this magical place many of us are fortunate to call home. Back in Easter 2016 we went on a special camping trip near the NSW/ Victorian border on the banks of the iconic Snowy River. It was three days and two nights of complete immersion in nature. Swimming, bush walking, exploring, relaxing, connecting with family, friends and strangers. I was almost four months into my project of writing a poem a day for an entire year. An undertaking that was a personal challenge to make space for creativity in my life, never planning or expecting it to metamorphosize into two books – that guidance came later. I connected deeply with the environment - majestic gums, mountain air, soothing sound and touch of the glistening Snowy River. This is the poem I wrote on the morning we were leaving this special place. A reflective piece touching on past/present, our environment and ‘progress’… Lee…xx

28/3/16 LOST AND FOUND… This silent morn a low grey mist Hugs the gum and pine clad hills. My toes drink the wisdoms of the Snowy River. My head, heart and being stills… Sediment rises under my feet. A hybrid, mottled cloud. Swirling stories of the ancients. Clear and strong and proud… ‘We think we have gained so much, so much But look what we have lost. Progress!! Progress!! – but is it?? Progress at any cost…’ Voices whisper – aching Their loss – their hurt – their pain. Connection to land – nature – country. A perpetual time line refrain… ‘We think we have gained so much, so much But look what we have lost. Progress!! Progress!! – but is it?? Progress at any cost…’ Campers in the distance Slowly pack their wares away. Tent poles click like singing sticks. Children laugh and play… Travelling back to cities, towns. Time to leave – to go. Hustle – bustle – bump and grind. Reap – work – stumble – sew… ‘We think we have gained so much, so much But look what we have lost. Progress!! Progress!! – but is it?? Progress at any cost…’ LEE TAYLOR-FRIEND


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Thredbo Wine and Cheese Festival Glorious weather and dry grass were a good omen for this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Thredbo Wine & Cheese Festival, allowing the Cheese Rolling event to proceed last. Last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cheese-rolling event was cancelled due to overnight rain. After a safety briefing by course officials, 19 male and 12 female entrants (one from as far as Perth) donned their protective headwear to chase a 5kg Coolamon Cheese roll down the grassy lower slopes of Thredboâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ski runs. With cheering spectators flanking the course, and plenty of thrills and spills, it was a spectacular sight at the finish line, as they hurtled after the cheese. Thredbo Alpine Hotelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s General Manager Patrick Maher undertook the serious task of initiating the

roll, (without favour) as much as possible down the fall line. An announcement regarding a lost cheese roll prompted a search party to promptly recover the strayed item, as reinforced several safety barriers slowed down the runaways. In the heats, four enthusiastic contestants at a time vied for a place in the finals, with several heats resulting in a photo finish and being re-run. The womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s finals also had to be repeated, due to a photo finish, exhausting the contendersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; energyâ&#x20AC;Ś but not their determination. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cheese Rolling menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s winners were Rhys Kirchner (First); Michael Pogson (Second) and Russell Luczka (Third). The womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s prizewinners were Emily Smith (First); Thalia Crouch (Second) and Khari

Stapleton. The prize stakes were high, with 2018 Thredbo Season Passes, $100 Thredbo Vouchers and 5kg wheels of delicious Coolamon Cheese up for grabs. More importantly, there was the glory of winning this traditional race, modelled on the Cooperâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hill event that originated in Gloucestershire, UK. Cheese-rolling has become a popular world-wide pastime, from humble origins. Fancy dress was encouraged, with an array of wine waitersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; outfits and a variety of capes seen flying down the slopes. It was a fun way to start the festival, sampling wines and cheeses, and paired meals throughout the resort in a relaxed setting.

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The Berridale Lions Club will hold our annual Easter Fair at the Lions and Central parks Jindabyne Rd Berridale, on Easter Saturday 31st March 2018, between 9.00am and 2.00pm. This fair is the longest running event of its type in the region and continues to expand and provide new and exciting features, both for adults and children. The event is run by the Lions Club; which is a not for profit organisation, which supports the community in a variety of ways, with all profits being returned to the community. An important objective of the event, is to provide an opportunity for local charities to raise funds for their activities. In addition there are many stalls offering a huge range of interesting goods and services.

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JCS to engage parents with The Resilience Project Jindabyne Central School are committed to the ongoing development of wellbeing in students through programs that make a difference and help students to be the best they can be. As part of this years wellbeing program JCS has embraced The Resilience Project. The project is a highly recommended program to teach young Australians to be mentally healthy. The program uses evidence based approaches to building resilience, in order to develop mental health. The Project begins with a staff professional development session which introduces The Resilience Project strategies and how to teach in class. The Project then inspires students with highly engaging presentations and then aims to empower parents with the parent night. On the night parents will be given strategies to support the development of a resilient child at home. The night will be presented by Martin Heppell, a

renowned and inspiring speaker. There are a number of alarming statistics around a lack of resilience that has led to one in four adolescents have a mental illness, one in seven primary schools kids have a mental illness, one

in five adults will experience mental ill-health throughout the year and 65 percent of adolescents do not seek help for mental illness. Resilience is the ability to bounce back from adversity. It is a necessary skill for

coping with lifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s inevitable obstacles and one of the key ingredients to success. Having resilient skills minimises the effect that negative, stressful situations can have on a young person. These skills allow a young person to face challenges, learn from them and apply these skills towards living a healthy life. Jindabyne Central School has embraced the Resilience Project to learn and teach strategies to keep our young Australians mentally and spiritually healthy. As parents, you too can be involved, by joining us on the evening of April 5 to learn these strategies and help keep your kids healthy in mind and spirit. To find out more about the program and to read about the presenter Martin Heppell visit www. theresilienceproject.com.au. RSVP to jindabyne-c.school@det.nsw.edu.au by April 3 2018.

JCS stand together to celebrate Harmony Day and antibullying Jindabyne Central School celebrate Harmony Day and National Day of Action Against bullying on the same day each year. This year day brought students and teachers together in a number of activities and classroom lessons on being an active bystander to find workable solutions that address bullying and violence. The day featured a concert showcasing a range of musical, drama, dancing, speeches and included multimedia entertainment from renowned productions with this years National Day of Action Against bullying theme â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Stand Togetherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. The items included Years 5-12 choosing songs appropriate to the theme and creating a performance. Songs included â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m Still Standingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; by Elton John, Never Tear us Apart by INXS, Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Dream Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Over by Crowded House and Time After Time by Cyndi Lauper. Year 9 and 10 Drama students performed adapted excerpt from Cyberbile, a play about different types of bullying. The production was of a high standard and the audience was impressed with the quality of all performances. Part of the days events included the Anti Bullying Competition where students were asked to submit

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A blend of Nugget’s old and new One of our long term and most popular shops at Nuggets Crossing has had a change of ownership, a change of name, an internal refurbishment and external facelift. Over the years, shop 14 in the courtyard has changed name and owners a few times and has always been well run and very popular. About 28 years ago this very popular shop was called Lucy’s and was a combination lolly and unique gift shop, later a coffee shop was incorporated as well. Next it was called Lifestyle, still with a lolly shop and gift shop which were later were absorbed by a larger coffee shop. Then a complete change of look and ownership to become The Premiere Café and Bar which was a very modern themed café and bar. The new owners Anita and George have done an amazing job of stamping a new identity on their business and returning to a style more in keeping with the Alpine Country theme of Nuggets Crossing. Bruce Marshall, the owner of Nuggets Crossing, said the centre is named after local legendary character Nugget Pendergast who lived on the Alpine Way near Pender Lea. He used to ride his horse into Jindabyne regularly visiting the Jindabyne Hotel. He was often seen on his way home having a nap sitting on his horse, head tilted forward in the classic silhouette pose. The first

crossing of the Snowy River by female pioneer to this area, Mary McEvoy, allowed the second word to provide an historical significance and the opportunity for the logo the “thumb nail dipped in tar” signature cross to tie it all together. The new name of the business is Dudley’s Café. Dudley was Nugget Prendergast’s brother and has now joined him at Nuggets Crossing. Anita and George wanted a name that would reflect the town and its history so when the Chairman of the “Table of Knowledge”, Tom Barry, lent his legendary local knowledge to the

project, the name Dudley’s Café was chosen. From Tom’s firsthand knowledge Dudley was supposedly a real character. If you ever want to hear a story or two about Dudley or other local characters, members of the “Table of Knowledge” can be found seated at their special table at the café most mornings. Their presence is a wonderful local traditional and one Anita and George hope will be around for a long time. Anita and George are originally from Sydney and always found themselves working in the same café/restaurant/ resort and it seemed to work well for them, so they stayed together. Anita’s

family came to the Snowy Mountains every year to ski and George quickly fell in love with the area after his first season. They have now lived and worked in Jindabyne full time for three years and had previously worked some winters in F & B in Perisher which influenced their decision to locate here. For three years Anita and George worked at Lifestyle which became The Premiere so have been through a shop renovation and name change once before, but this time it is their baby and their ideas. When the previous owners recently decided on a sea change it was not a hard decision to take over the reins and make it their own business dream come true. The menu will feature old favourites and some new ideas to tempt the appetite. Dudley’s Café is open seven days a week from 7.30am to 3.30pm week days and 3pm weekends. To celebrate the reopening, Dudley’s Café is running a Lucky Draw Competition for two weeks from 28 March. Each time a purchase is made a coupon can be completed and placed in the lucky draw box for the chance to win a $50 voucher from Dudley’s’ Café. This will be drawn on 12 April. So, come it treat yourself and be in there with a chance to win.

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There are fungi at the bottom of my garden by DR. BILL CROZIER Slime moulds The slime moulds are another bizarre and very interesting group of fungi. They have been traditionally classified as “fungi” (in the Division : Myxomycota), but they have distinct differences. Their life cycles are very unusual – they produce the traditional fruiting body and spores (like other fungi), but also produce an unusual germinating spore. This, in turn, produces a cell which actively moves about on substrate (ie. where it is growing) and ingests (swallows up) food, in the same fashion as an “amoeba”. Reproduction follows feeding and by simple “binary fission” (ie. the cell dividing into two similar cells), up to thousands of “daughter cells” are produced. A chemical signal triggers these daughter cells to join together and produce the fruiting body for that particular species of “slime mould”. In the high country (Grosses Plain down to Jindabyne), I have found only two species of slime mould growing after rainy spells. One is Fuligo septica. I have heard some local people describe the appearance as “looking like dog’s vomit”. The other is a minute one which I have found mostly growing on grass blades and stems. I have identified this as a Physarum species. There are undoubtedly more slime moulds, which I have not

found yet, growing in the region. Fuligo septica Common name is “Rice Pudding Fungus”. This strange fungus is the most common of the “slime moulds” we encounter. It is usually found growing on wood chips, dead wood material, occasionally on wet grass and, when wattle bark was used in the leather tanning industry, on heaps of wet wattle bark. This gave rise to one of its common names “flowers of tan”. These days, it is mostly called “rice pudding fungus”, because of the bright yellow, vaguely “rice pudding” or “scrambled egg” appearance, especially when growing on fresh wood chip mulch. The attached photos show specimens growing on garden beds mulched with wood chips and usually following a rainy spell. They commenced as white filaments growing across the mulch, growing rapidly overnight, becoming bright yellow, often with whitish edges, resembling irregular “scrambled egg” colonies, ranging greatly in size from small, 2 cm X 2 – 3 cm, up to large, 4 cm X 8 – 10 cm. After a few days, they started shrinking in size, finally becoming covered with a whitish deposit which looked like “garden lime”. Finally, colonies shrivelled right down to ground level, leaving only darkish violetblack spores. Unknown edibility.

Physarum species This unusual little slime mould is a member of the order: Physarales, which commonly have calcium carbonate in their fruiting bodies. It was found on two occasions, firstly growing on a Snow Gum leaf and sticks, and surrounding grass, beneath a clump of Snow Gums. The second occasion, it was growing on blades and stems of grass, again under a Snow Gum. Both occasions were towards Colonies of Fuligo septica growing on wood chip mulch. the end of a very hot, dry Note: whitish filaments, as well as the yellow colonies. Summer, following a rainy spell. Early mornings, the fungus appeared as bright yellow, soft-textured, ball-shaped growths (sporangia), 1 – 2 mm diameter, growing mostly on grass. As the day heated up, these sporangia became darker, even black. They became tougher, almost rubbery in texture, approx. the same size or perhaps a little larger (up to 2 – 3 mm diameter). At this stage, a squashed suspension was prepared and examined Another group of Fuligo septica colonies growing also on under the microscope. This revealed dark spores, ovoid in wood chip mulch; these have slightly different appearance to the ones shown. right shape, thick and somewhat rough-walled, with a granular cytoplasm. No hyphae were seen, but dark capillitia were present. By late afternoon, the fungus was showing distinct signs of decomposition. By the next morning, there were scarcely Dark-coloured sporangia of Physarum any traces left. on grass stem, later in day. Unknown edibility.

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Early morning, bright yellow sporangia of Physarum growing on grass.

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Biggest and brightest event for Easter long weekend The Snowy Mountains backdrop, waters of Lake Jindabyne and the Easter full moon will again converge to provide a stunning outdoor studio for the 16th Annual Lake Light Sculpture event being held over the Easter long weekend, March 30 - April 2 in Jindabyne, NSW. Proudly sponsored by Thredbo, the event is shaping up to be the biggest and brightest to date. More than 120 entries have been received from more than 75 artists, schools and community groups and the festival will feature a new attraction on the Saturday evening with a digital projection displayed onto the Strzelecki monument in Banjo Paterson Park. “We have been overwhelmed with an unprecedented number of entries from artists as far away as South Australia and have decided to expand the sculpture viewing pathway to accommodate all 122 entries,” says Lisa Matthes, chairperson of the volunteer organising committee. “Our artistic director has found more room within the park precinct and 13 sculptures will now be positioned in a new viewing area adjacent to the Strzelecki monument.” The event will take place from 8am on Good Friday until noon on Easter Monday. The official opening event and announcement of the award winners will be held at 10am on Good Friday, March 30, 2018 in Banjo Paterson Park near the official tent and Rydges Pop Up Café. All visitors, artists and community members are most welcome to attend the opening celebrations.

Judging this year will be undertaken by a panel of three judges with a diverse background in visual arts: Jonathon Watts is a multimedia art installer and is currently working at the National Gallery of Victoria on the Triennial and House of Dior exhibitions; Gina Fairley is the Visual Arts Editor of Artshub Australia and was previously a contributing editor to World Sculpture News and Rebel Penfold-Russell OAM is a film producer (Priscilla – Queen of the Desert) and a patron of the Chairman’s Circle of Sculpture by the Sea, Sydney. “We are excited to have this calibre of expertise and skill provided by our judges this year,” says Ben Eyles, artistic director of Lake Light Sculpture. “There are more than 50 sculptures vying for the

Red Energy Illumination Award so the event will look very impressive once the sun goes down. This event requires two visits; one during the day and one under the Easter moon. Both offer a different experience and appreciation of the exhibits.” “Thousands of people visit the event and stroll along the pathway spotting and discussing sculptures. Visitors are encouraged to vote for their favourite sculpture in the People’s Choice Day Award and the People’s Choice Illumination Award sponsored by Red Energy. Voting forms for both the day and night People’s Choice awards can be found at the entry tent with the winners announced at 4pm on Easter Sunday at the Rydges Pop Up Café. Everyone is very welcome to come along to this function and meet the exhibiting artists. “Our comprehensive event catalogue contains the artist statements about each of their works so, make sure you have one in your hand as you head into the exhibition. The catalogue helps visitors and pathway critics to understand and appreciate the messages being conveyed by the artists,” says Mr. Eyles. The entire event is organised by a small group of local volunteers and all donations are appreciated and can be made at the Entry and Information Tent located in Banjo Paterson Park. For more information, head to lakelightsculpture.com.au or follow the Facebook page LAKE LIGHT SCULPTURE JINDABYNE or Instagram page @ lakelightsculpture


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Sri Chinmoy Race 2018 The 12th Annual Sri Chinmoy Multi-Sport Classic held on Sunday saw around 50 teams attempt a 12-leg, allday adventure for relay teams combining swimming, mountain biking, paddling and running in, on and around Lake Jindabyne. The Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team stages fun-runs, swims, triathlons and multi-sport events, and has become the largest sponsor of ultra-distance running in the world. It was founded by Sri Chinmoy in 1977 as a service to the running community and to promote self-transcendence through sports. Six solo athletes entered, with Alina McMaster winning the Solo Female, and Klayton Smith winning the Solo Male categories. The Solo Male Over 50 was won by Geoff Breese. The race combined water and land-based sports over 12 legs, ranging in difficulty from mild to strenuous. The race is ideally suited to relay teams of varying tastes and capacities, or for solo athletes seeking a complete all-day test of skill, stamina and fitness. The course is varied, with three mountain bike legs ranging from easy to highly technical; three running courses from flat to very not-flat; three swims of between 1.2 and 2.5 kms; and three paddles of 5.5 to 9.5 kms. The swims and paddles criss-cross most of Lake Jindabyne, while the mountain bikers and runners thoroughly explore the rugged Eastern Escarpment, rolling farmland of the Western Shore, and bushland of the adjoining Kosciuszko National Park. The event began at 6:45am with a 1.5km triangular swim course from Kalkite Boat Ramp to and the last racers ran 5km from Wollondibby Inlet along the lake foreshore track and across the finish line at Banjo Paterson Park after 6:45pm. The event challenged the

athletes over a combined distance of over 112km, in four different modes and 12 stages. The Barang Boys’ member Adam Crowe said, “Most of us are 55 years and over, so our achievement from previous years, is that we are no longer being chased by the cut-off times! Some of the guys achieved top five in the individual legs.” “We will definitely be back for our fifth year, and our wives are now keen to join us, so it will be a great day again in this magic place.” Snowy 2.0 Team came 27 out of the 45 teams who finished, with another nine teams not finishing. In their category, they came seventh out of 15, with a time of 10h.52m.46s. Team member Paul Smith, Snowy 2.0 Project Civil Engineer commented “I thoroughly enjoyed the race. The atmosphere was great, everyone was very supportive and the locations couldn’t have been better. I competed in three of the legs of the race, one of them being a 43km bike ride which resulted in me being covered head to foot in mud so it was great to be able to jump in the lake for a swim and clean off!” “Being able to race for the Snowy 2.0 team was great, there is so much happening at present for both Snowy Hydro and the region,” said Paul. Another colleague, Emilie Lapointe, Snowy 2.0 Geotechincal Engineer said,

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“The event was a lot of fun and it was a great day out to not only compete but cheer on your team mates in their legs of the race. I did the mountain bike leg of the race and met the time target I had set myself so I was really happy.” “It was more challenging for those who competed later in the day when the wind picked up but we all adapted and made the most of it - it really was a very fun day all around.” Allison Bilbow, the Snowy 2.0 Project Office Manager said, “The Sri Chinmoy race was such a wonderfully organised event in an amazing location right here in our home of the Snowy Mountains. We will definitely be back to compete in next year’s event.” Full Race Results can be found here: https:// au.srichinmoyraces.org/files/jindabyneoverall040318. compressed.pdf

Snowy Hydro 2.0 Team celebrate at the finish line (from left to right): Emilie LaPointe, Rosie Mosely, Glynn Price, Allison Bilbow, Pip Golding, Paul Smith, David Young (Lily Price – child).

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them around the berms and over the rollers to the finish. The cross country event wrapped up the weekend, with around 400 kids lapping the newly refurbished 2.5 kilometre Friday Flat loop. Along with the podium places, the cross country event results were also crucial in deciding the prestigious king and queen of the mountain awards, so riders had to dig deep. The course is 70/30 uphill to downhill and at altitude, it certainly tested the fitness of the competitors, especially after an already huge weekend of racing. A starting strategy was key, with a mass start causing congestion for back of the pack competitors. While the light carbon frame bikes powered the uphill, the enduro riders lapped up the new table tops and fresh berms. The menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s division 1 battle saw Kirrawee High Schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Harry Watson and St Ignatius College Riverview Oliver Arcus battle it out through the six laps. Looking at a 6:30 average lap time each, it was Watson that hit the line first only one second ahead of Arcus. Consistency was rewarded with the crowning of eight divisional kings and queens of the mountain for those who participated and placed well right across the weekend. The hotly contested overall champion school saw Heathcote High School take the shield for the eleventh year in a row. St Ignatius College Riverview won the boyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s school title and Saint Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Wollongong winning the girls. The weekend was not only about riding, podiums and trophies - it was also about spirit and sportsmanship like the young rider that rolled her bike from top to bottom after a flat to make sure her school gained points, the teacher that loaned her bike to a student whose bike broke, the dad that helped fix a strangers bike, the year 12 rider who shed a tear as this was their last interschools, the high fives, laughs and the friends that were made with likeminded mates across the weekend. This event certainly ticked all boxes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was awesome to see the kids getting behind their fellow team members, making for an electric atmosphere across the four days of racing. World Champions are born from events like this, along with promoting and providing healthy outdoor activities for our future generationsâ&#x20AC;? said Taliana. With big crowds of friends and family supporting riders and their schools, there was a great fun vibe across the weekend. Photos by Thredbo Media.

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Last weekend was the 21st instalment of the Australian Interschools Mountain Bike Championships in Thredbo and there was plenty to celebrate with a record field of riders, exceptional riding, great sportsmanship and a mountain of team spirit on display. The four day event was jam packed with action and with school prestige on the line there was plenty to ride for. Over 550 school aged riders, representing 100 schools, raced across four age divisions in three point scoring competitions plus two fun exhibition events. Downhill, Cross-Country and Flow Trail all accumulated points for the school and the fast and flowing Pump Track Challenge and a Sprint Relay drawing good numbers and a big crowd. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The grass roots of mountain biking starts here with the Australian Interschool MTB Champs in Thredbo. This event encourages participation with disciplines catering for riders of all abilities from students who regularly attend races through to riders new to mountain bike competitionâ&#x20AC;? said Danny Taliana Thredbo MTB Manager. Thredbo turned on the alpine charm with mostly fine weather across the weekend apart from a windy Sunday that whipped up the dust for the cross country event. The Flow Trail event saw a massive field line-up at the top of Thredbo ready for the 4.5km descent to the village. While the division one riders set a blistering pace, it was the minishredders, who were able to have a shadow rider to get them down the mountain, that received the biggest cheer from the crowd as they hit the finish line. In teams, the big Heathcote crew, podiumed across most divisions. Downhill day saw the track dry, loose and dusty. Home track knowledge saw locals set a cracking pace down the three kilometre course and feature high in the rankings across all divisions, Jindabyne Central Schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jackson Connelly and Angus Falconer took first and third respectively in division three and the teams win. Run of the day went to Snowy Mountains Grammar School rider James Findlay who took the division 1 win in 5:18, finishing second in the past couple of years he pulled out a scorching run in his last interschools event. As the sun went down on a big day of racing, attention turned to the Pump Track Challenge, it was certainly a crowd pleaser. There were bikes and riders of all sizes and ages taking on the freerolling track. The big crowd certainly got behind Pump Trackers as they cheered

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