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Thursday July 31 , 2008

ISSN 1835-0283

Nhill Community News P.O. Box 88, Nhill, VIC 3418

Good Community Satisfaction Survey report, but still long way to go - CEO

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“THE Hindmarsh community has ranked the performance of the Shire above most similar Councils.” said CEO John Hicks. “This is very satisfying and an improvement on previous years but we still have a long way to go.” “The key areas of increased satisfaction and strength compared to other shires included Advocacy, Town Planning, Public Areas and Local Laws,” he said. “Areas we need to concentrate on are Roads and Footpaths and Economic Development”. John noted that although the Shire had scored the average score for Roads and Footpaths, this average was very low across all the Small Rural Shires. “This is an area of key importance to the community and to Council, and we need to improve our rating. Because of this we invested $300,000 in new footpaths last year, the most in the history of the Shire, and will do so again this year. Road investment is also at record levels for the Shire, with over $4 mill in capital to be spent on roads in 2008-9 and a similar amount in road maintenance.” Another area where John said improvement needed to be made was Economic Development. “This is not so much because of our score, which is quite good, but because the community is looking for development in this key area. Council has been heavily involved in community planning and development over the past three years and we now need to see some of that work result in improvements in our economic circumstances.” The Community Satisfaction Survey is conducted by an independent market research company right across the state and has been running for eleven years. Telephone surveys are undertaken with 350 people picked at random throughout the Shire. The conclusion of the survey was: “Hindmarsh Shire’s overall performance was amongst the highest in its group and it performs significantly better on a number of key service areas, including traffic management and parking facilities, the appearance of public areas, recreational facilities, waste management, community engagement, enforcement of local laws, town planning policy and approvals, and advocacy. The latter three are particularly important to residents and are thus strengths which should be consolidated and maintained.”

A GROUP of international students visited Nhill recently as part of a self-funded four week volunteer trip organised by International Student Volunteers (ISV).

world to a chosen host country and work on conservation and development projects. The group of students from Canada and the United States of America were all impressed with ISV gives students from Australia’s variety of all over the world the wildlife. However they opportunity to travel the were a little disappointed in not seeing any koalas at Halls Gap due to the chlamydia outbreak.

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The group had worked at Hall’s Gap constructing and relocating fences. From halls Gap the group stayed at the Horsham Caravan Park, and travelled each day to their work areas. At Kiata the group constructed a stock-exclusion fence. The next day at Salisbury they planted Wallaby Grass for habitat for the Pale Sun Moth Both days the students

were given lunch at Kiata where the bird life performed for them. Two species in particular, the white-winged chough and the red-capped robin made a lasting impression on the visitors. When the work was completed the group headed up north to visit places including Cairns, Byron Bay, Fraser Island and Sydney.

The group were very impressed on the level of organisation, and high number of volunteers in landcare in Australia, stating that the general public of Australia were much more aware and conscious of their responsibilities of their environment than where they lived. Above: The ISV group at Salisbury

Social impacts of drought – Public Forum Mr. John Forrest, The Nationals Federal Member for Mallee, is encouraging farming families, other community members and social support service providers to attend a Public Forum on the social impacts of the drought, to be held in Birchip on Tuesday, August 5 and Mildura on Tuesday, August 26. Mr Forrest said an independent panel had been appointed to review the social impacts of the drought on families and communities. He said the panel is being led by AgForce President, Mr Peter Kenny, and panel members were keen to hear the views of Mallee community residents on what the impacts of the prolonged drought have been, and also what types of social support people value in times of drought. The panel is due to report back to Tony Burke,

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Letters to the Editor the future, should I decide to pursue a career in music. Nhill has been a fantastic community to grow up in, due to the generosity of the community. I have been amazed at how people have bent over backwards to lend their support to this trip. We will leave Australia on the 31 st July for two weeks. I look forward to sharing my experiences on my return! Yours sincerely, Kirrily Schwarz

Olympic thank you Dear Editor: On behalf of myself and my family, I would like to sincerely express my gratitude to the Nhill community for their amazing contribution to my Beijing Olympics trip in August. I am thankful for all donations that I have received from clubs, businesses, and generous individuals – both an array of monetary donations, as well as invaluable in-kind assistance, without which I would have been unable to participate in this experience. Whilst in China, I will be performing in both the Beijing Olympic Orchestra and the Australian Youth Band in Beijing, Shanghai and Tianjin (Melbourne’s sister city). I will be one of only two rural Victorian musicians attending this trip, and having lived in Nhill all my life, I appreciate this opportunity to broaden my horizons and open doors in

Alcohol and binge drinking Dear Editor: Young people in the Lowan electorate are having their say in the community debate about alcohol abuse and binge drinking. Last month the Victorian Liberal Nationals Coalition launched an online survey and Facebook group to hear directly from young people

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about how to reduce the harm alcohol causes in the community. We have had a great response, with more than 1000 people having filled out the survey already. Emerging themes from the survey show that a clear majority of country Victorians are in favour of: • more services for people struggling with alcohol abuse; • action to limit the availability of alcohol to young people; • an increase in police on the streets to stop alcoholfuelled violence; • more alcohol and drug education; and • free water in all pubs and clubs. In addition, country people specifically said there is a need for more

residential rehabilitation services. We are faced with a real challenge in country Victoria to reverse the rate of binge drinking and alcohol-related harm. Results from the survey indicate that young people want action and they have some fantastic new ideas to make it happen. These will be influential in the development of the Coalition’s alcohol policy. I encourage everyone to have their say on how we can reduce the impact of alcohol in our community by filling in the survey by 15 August at www.marywooldridge.com. All participants go in Wor Bro John Teakle, The Director of Ceremonies Lowan Masonic Lodge, to a draw to win an iPod presenting the 50 Year Jewel and Certificate from United Grand Lodge of shuffle. Victoria to Wor Bro Ken Barras. Yours sincerely, HUGH DELAHUNTY, Mr Ken Barras Lodge team for sixteen opened by a Masonic MP Member for Lowan received recognition years as Presiding Officer, Lodge member,” he from the Nhill Masonic and at times was commented. Lodge recently, when he performing Installation A member since 1958, was presented with a 50 Ceremonies every week. Ken also taken on the year Jewel and Certificat At the time there were 53 role has of Master of Lowan from the United Grand Masonic Lodges in the Lodge Nhill in 1976, and Wimmera. Lodge of Victoria. Conferred Grand Rank While not a full-time Officer of Lowan Lodge in The ceremony was attended by members of participant at the Lowan 1985. the Lowan Masonic Lodge these days, Ken has Ken was awarded the Lodge, his wife Elsie and been very active, and Order Service at Kaniva their immediate family commented, “being a Mark of Lodge and Nhill member “was very and Lodge ladies. Chapter Lodge in 1988. THE Victorian nurses union has called on the “I was very rewarding.” Mr Barras was made a Federal Government to immediately legislate “You know, people don’t humbled…especially Governor of mandated minimum nurse staffing levels and skill noting that the ceremony really realise how much Life Freemason Homes of mix in residential aged care facilities to ensure all was performed in the Freemasonary and its Victoria 1971. residents receive safe nursing care. Lodge room. It was nice to members do for the A former mechanic, Ken The call for legislated mandated minimum nursing have my wife Elsie sitting community.” would travel to Nhill to next to me and being a part “They (public) would be numbers to replace the current federal legal requirement attend meetings and return of it,” Ken said. amazed at how much is to have “appropriate staffing” comes after Kirralee Residential Aged Care Facility in East Ballarat failed 33 During his time with the done. I don’t think many to Yanac on a weekly basis. Ken and his wife Elsie of 44 minimum standards. The aged care facility is owned Lodge, Ken worked as part would realise that the by Aged Care Services Australia Group Pty Ltd. of the Wimmera Grand Nhill Post Office was now live at Avonlea in Nhill. The Australian Nursing Federation (Victorian Branch) will meet with members at the facility on Thursday. In the lead up to the 2007 federal election Labor promised to introduce minimum staffing levels on every shift. Australian Nursing Federation (Victorian Branch) Assistant Secretary Yvonne Chaperon said: “The Federal Government’s aged care facility spot checks are finding With a bit of rain, cool winds and not much sun, pick evidence of a problem, but they’re not the solution to the your times to get out and enjoy your garden in short problem. bursts during the day. “The problem is that aged care employers, particularly for-profit and not-for-profit aged care employers, are not employing enough registered nurses and this means Winter is a time when the garden is dormant and an residents’ clinical care can be compromised. “The ambiguity of the federal aged care laws was opportunity to put in new plants. inappropriate in 1997 when the new Act was introduced and 58 per cent of residents required high levels of nursing Things to do: care. Today the laws are unsafe when 70 per cent of all residents require expert clinical care,” Ms Chaperon said. • Prune roses and fruit trees and dispose of prunings to stop spreading of disease. Do not prune ornamental deciduous trees until “The irony is that despite record Federal Government funding of $28.6 million, Victoria’s more than 600 forthey flower later in mid spring profit and not-for-profit aged care facilities are employing • Plant any fruit trees. Roses in well prepared ground. even less registered nurses than ever before,” she said. • Plant out your ‘greens’ seedlings, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli. “The ANF (Victorian Branch) has begun negotiations silver beet, lettuce, and also onions. with Aged Care Services Australia Group for a new • Prepare your ground for planting enterprise agreement for registered nurses and personal care workers and we’ll be seeking improved nursing levels potatoes and strawberries and skill mix in this agreement to ensure residents receive • Clean up the last of the the proper level of care. autumn leaves and add to your “But we continue to call on the Federal Government to compost. legislate safe nursing levels because the health and safety of residents should be enshrined in law, not left to the discretion of employers and an industrial relations system New Plants: that has removed this sector’s ability to collectively • Wisteria Sea foam White bargain,” Ms Chaperon said. • Grevillea Molly • Peach Angel • Apple Tinkabelle dwarf • Nectarine Trixzie minidwarf I never told my own religion nor scrutinized that of another. •Peach Trixzie minidwarf I never attempted to make a convert, nor wished to change

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Third connection Hindmarsh Landcare Network gets boost to Olympics for community grants program HLN was successful in obtaining a grant to assist with the Mobile Molescan Service. SR continues to support projects that help build resilience and contribute to the long-term growth and sustainability of small rural communities with a population of 15,000 or less. HLN spokesperson, Ms Heather Drendel said, “We are very thankful to receive this grant for our mobile Molescan Service. It’s a great opportunity for us to service the community.” FRRR Chief Executive Officer Ms Sylvia Admans said, “There is an amazing amount of resilience in small rural communities hit by drought and climate change. We have had hundreds of applications from people who are thinking creatively about how they can support their own town. They are willing to give it a go in the face of challenges and this is very heart-warming.” Molescan Service units are transported to specified sites. The service is operated by highly qualified doctors, utilising state-of-the-art computerised skin scanning technology, to check all moles and skin lesions for any skin cancers. This technology magnifies moles and lesions 30 to 100 times and aids the doctor in a better diagnosis of skin cancer. These computerised scanning technologies are far more advanced than the simple hand-held devices used by others.. Jo Mikleus, Regional Manager for ANZ said, “ANZ is committed to reinvesting in the communities where we live and work.” We are particularly pleased to support the HLN with their MMS, it will help all of the local community.” The incidence of skin cancer has increased dramatically over the past two decades, mainly because of cumulative exposure to the ultraviolet rays of the sun, with the farming community one of the highest on the exposure list.

Erin Carroll, born in Nhill representing Australia at the 2008 Beijing Olympic games

A piece of history will be in the making next week when Kirrily Schwarz and Amanda Morrison play an important role in the opening ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympics. However Nhill has another reason to be proud with a third connection to the Olympics, when Erin Carroll represents Australia as part of the Australian Badminton team. The connection, although small, is through Erin’s father, Mr Robert Carroll, who was teaching at the Nhill Secondary School when Erin was born in Nhill. Mr Carroll also played football for the Nhill Football Club. Erin’s family moved back to Ballarat, when she was eight months old, and would grow up watching her parents play badminton at their local club at Haddon. She joined the Ballarat Junior Badminton Club and attended the West VIC Academy of Sport. Erin first represented Victoria in the Under 17 June Bevan Tournament aged 14, and went on to represent Australia aged 16 at the 2002 World Junior Championships in Pretoria, South Africa. In 2003 Erin continued to play juniors in both the Under 17 and Under 19 Victorian Teams. Erin played in the senior Victorian team in 2004 and represented Australia at the Junior Commonwealth Games where the team finished second in their pool. Erin continued to compete on the international circuit in Australia and New Zealand in 2005, competing at the Commonwealth Games the following year making it to round 32 in the ladies singles. She continued to compete on the international circuit in 2007, and now aged 22, Erin has achieved her childhood dream of representing Australia at an Olympic Games.

Hindmarsh Landcare Network (HLN) has received welcome funding from the Seeds of Renewal grants program this week. Funded by ANZ, and independently

administered by the Foundations for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR), Seeds of Renewal (SR) is providing $450,000 for 97 rural community projects nationally in 2008.

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New books at Nhill Library this week 1 Athletic Fitness For Kids by Scott B. Lancaster. Quick flick: Develop the top athletes of tomorrow with the only system proven to fully develop children’s physical capabilities without drop-out, injury or burnout. The foundation for athletic success is established early through a well-rounded programme incorporating a variety of movement skills instead of concentrating on one sport. 2 The Snowy: The People Behind The Power by Siobhan McHugh. Quick flick: The Snowy Mountains hydro-electric scheme still ranks as one of the world’s great engineering feats. Two-thirds of the 100,000 workers were immigrants, newly arrived from over 40 countries in war-weary Europe. This is their story, and the story of a new, post-war, multi- cultural Australia. 3 Now You See Him by Eli Gottlieb. Quick flick: His name was Rob Castor. Quite possibly, you’ve heard of him. He became a minor cult celebrity in his early twenties for writing a book of darkly pitch-perfect short stories set in an upstate New York town. A dozen years later, he murdered his girlfriend and then committed suicide, unexpectedly affecting the lives of those around them. 4 The Mathematics Of Love by Emma Darwin. Quick flick: From the gentle Suffolk countryside to the battlefields of Waterloo and the ports of Spain, this is an extraordinarily moving account of war and the pain of loss, the heat of passion and the redemptive power of love. 5 Staying Alive by Alexander Fullerton. Quick flick: When Rosie Quarry (wartime secret agent) read Alexander Fullerton’s four novels based on her adventures in German-occupied France, she wrote to him suggesting that he might like to hear the story of her first mission, when she’d parachuted into moonlit countryside near Cahors and made her way down to Toulouse to join the SOE network as a radio-operator and courier. 6 Barbed Wire And Roses by Peter Yeldham. Quick flick: They were our golden youth, seeking adventure on foreign battlefields. The First World War, everyone said in 1914, would be over by Christmas and Stephen Conway rushes to enlist. Leaving behind a new wife and a baby on the way, he soon finds himself in the trenches of Gallipoli. 7 Crow Stone by Jenni Mills. Quick flick: Kit Parry is a woman with a past, albeit one she’d rather forget. Now a successful engineer, she’s spent all her adult life trying to erase the memory of what happened over the long, hot summer of her fourteenth year. When she takes a job shoring up the ancient quarries under her hometown of Bath, however, the secrets she tried so desperately to bury threaten to work their way to the surface. 8 Wolf Totem by Jiang Rong. Quick flick: Beijing intellectual Chen Zhen volunteers to live in a remote nomadic settlement on the border of Inner and Outer Mongolia. There, he discovers life of apparent idyllic simplicity based on an eternal struggle between the wolves and the humans in their fight to survive. 9 The Self-Preservation Society by Kate Harrison. Quick flick: Staying alive in the 21st century is a full-time job...one which self-confessed scaredycat Jo Morgan takes very seriously indeed. As a little girl growing up near Greenham Common Air Base, she stockpiled baked beans in case of nuclear holocaust. Now she works in accident prevention, trying to protect the rest of us from conker injuries, killer tea-cosies and death by chocolate. 10 The Killing Hour by Paul Cleave. Quick flick: ‘They come for me as I sleep. Their pale faces stare at me, their soft voices tell me to wake, to wake. They come to remind me of the night, to remind me of what I have done.’ Only Charlie doesn’t know what he has done. His shorts are covered in blood, there’s a bump on his forehead and on the news it says the two young women he was with the night before were brutally murdered. Charlie knows Cyris is the murderer - except the police don’t believe Cyris exists.

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in..........1890 Tuesday 18 November 1890 A terrible gun accident happened to a son of Mr Tom H. Turner at Horsham last Thursday, which resulted the amputation of the right arm above the wrist. The boy, who is seven years old, was playing with a companion about the same age, who had managed to gain possessions of a gun and some cartridges, most of the latter being empty and having a cap ready for filling, the boys amused themselves by firing the capped shells, but unfortunately a fully loaded cartridges was among the number, and the contents lodged in Turner’s right hand almost blowing it off… Mr Turner is a partner of Mr H.I. Farrell, surveyor of this town, and his many friends will regret to hear of the accident. Friday 21 November 1890 Birth: Marshall. On 13th November at Lorquon, the wife of Mr. J.B. Marshall, of a daughter. Tuesday 2 December 1890 Yesterday evening the Nhill Racing Club held its annual meeting at Rintoule’s Hotel…Officers elected included Dr T.F. Ryan, President, Dr Mackenzie, judge; of the seven elected as stewards two were J. Ryan and Dr T.F. Ryan. Tuesday 9 December 1890 Mr E.H Lang of Netherby, who was admitted to the Nhill hospital suffering from typhoid fever, is now doing well. Clearing sale on 13th December at the Nhill residence of Mr H.E. D’Albion – Superior furniture. Mr D’Albion has sold his business and is leaving the district. Friday 12 December 1890 Miss Wentworth, who has lately arrived here from London, has taken the premises lately occupied by Miss Nettle in MacPherson street which she intends opening as a private school on Monday 19 January next. Tuesday 16 December 1890 A new Insolvent – Thomas Harris of Kaniva, farmer. Debts £275, Assets £175 Causes of insolvency – failure of crops and pressure of creditors. Nhill Annual Licensing Court, Saturday, 13 December Licenses renewed included: F. Smith, Albion Hotel, Woorak Rosalie Smith, Junction Hotel, Gerang Gerung Joseph Meagher, Lawloit Hotel, Lawloit Colonial Wine Licenses were granted to: Allan Buhr, Netherby; William Hankinson, Netherby; Daniel Dickson, Kiata; Elizabeth Bourdoff, Salisbury; Thomas Painter, Gerang Gerung & others. On Saturday morning last twenty eight year old William Redden died very suddenly at McNevin’s Hotel, Nhill. He had been ill for a considerable time. He was a nephew of Mr. Joseph McNevin, who had employed him as a groom for about four years. A Magisterial Inquiry was held on Sunday morning. William Redden was a patient of Dr E. Ryan who was away from Nhill at the time of the death and Magisterial Inquiry. Mrs Ann McNevin deposed that Dr E. Ryan had told her that the deceased had diseases of the heart, lungs and kidneys, and might die at any moment. Dr T.F. Ryan made a post-mortem examination and at the Inquiry declared he considered the cause of death was asphyxia. Tuesday 23 December 1890 Death: Plane – On Sunday 21st December at Nhill, Royden Garfied, the only son of Rev. A.C. and Elizabeth Plane, of Lorquon, aged 9 months. The Church of England committee of Nhill have succeeded in purchasing a block of land in Brougham Street from the Commercial Bank, and it is intended to shortly remove the present church to the new site. Great credit is due to the Committee, Rev. H. J Priest. Submitted by the Nhill Historical Society of Nhill Lowan Shire Hall 104-106 Macpherson Street

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A word from our Mayor...

“Amalgamation” has it worked? A designated transition period from 20 January, 1995 to 14 March 2007, administered by three commissioners for the Hindmarsh Shire Council was instigated by the State Government. Amalgamation from 210 Councils down to 79 caused many arguments (for and against) across the State of Victoria. Many hard decisions had to be made by Commissioners and caused shire workers and ratepayers to continually debate the merits of the outcome. Lowan and Dimboola Shires held many discussions and the Hindmarsh Shire Council came into existence. On 15 March 1997, six Councillors were elected for the Hindmarsh Shire to take over after two years of governance by the Commissioners. Previously, 24 Councillors were elected to the two shires, so the workload increased d r a m a t i c a l l y. Remuneration for Councillors was also introduced at this time. While this payment helped offset Councillors’ time and expenses, it was in no way a profit making outcome. In the eyes of many, retaining our own autonomy would have far outweighed any benefits gained by amalgamation. In reality our small rural councils, in

particular, would not have survived without that hard decision having been taken. Infrastructure gap, grants income, State and Federal funding, road grants, governments dealing with less numbers etc. have all been factors lending support to the decision of amalgamation. In most of the amalgamations across the State, Councils have moved on and have successfully looked to the future with continued development and progress. Federal and State Governments have supported amalgamation, however there would not seem to be need for further amalgamations in the immediate future, unless on individual requests. Over recent years, many football and netball clubs have amalgamated throughout the State. This has been necessary, as numbers of participants and volunteers have decreased. This has been an unfortunate fact of rural life as most clubs would have

preferred to retain their own autonomy, but they faced the choice of amalgamate or fold. This has caused many problems relating to where to play, jumpers, travel, finance and, given it has frequently involved bring neighbouring clubs together. This has sometimes been a grudging match. In order to achieve sustainable clubs, the clubs have had to work together with councils to make hard decisions for the future, to consolidate the one facility in lieu of maintaining both facilities. Amalgamation of big business is driven by the market and share prices, and frequently this is seen as larger corporations taking over smaller companies. Economics may be the main reason for these takeovers, but it can also be seen as the death knell to many small companies, with a monopoly to a few in the future. Amalgamation - An interesting word.

Plastic shopping bag free region

CONGRATULATIONS!!! After the distribution of some 9,500 re-usable shopping bags and some 2.000 sausages cooked and consumed we are into the final countdown for our entire region (Hindmarsh and West Wimmera Shires) to go completely Plastic Shopping Bag Free as from 31 July Whilst there have been a few who believe that we should not ban Plastic Shopping Bags the overwhelming majority have supported this initiative. A number of shops have genuinely run out of Plastic Shopping Bags and will not be purchasing any more. . At least one shop owner and staff really did turn it on. Not only is there no plastic shopping bags but on the day of the launch in their town they painted their faces green to show their commitment to the environment. Well done Heather, Tom and staff. Other shop owners developed their own posters to indicate that they were going Plastic Shopping Bag Free. A great initiative!! It has been disturbing to find out that at least one business owner has been subjected to threats of boycott and car pooling to other towns for residents to do their grocery shopping. To those narrow minded people wake up to the fact that we are in a new era and free Plastic Shopping Bags ARE on the way out This region is the first in this state for both councils, on the same day, to call on residents and retailers to BAN Plastic Shopping Bags. I thank the Councillors from both member councils who were able to devote time to be present at the town launches. This is a great environmental achievement for residents in both Hindmarsh and West Wimmera Shire Councils. Brian Klemm Executive Officer

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North American company Massey Harris with Harry Ferguson Limited of England. Harry Ferguson was a brilliant engineer who brought about a major change in tractor design with his revolutionary three-point-linkage system that allowed both tractor and implement to work as an integrated unit. Today, virtually all tractors are based in some way on his unique ideas. The history of Massey Harris goes back to 1847 when Daniel Massey opened a workshop to build simple farm implements in Newcastle Ontario, Canada. A decade later – also in Ontario - Alanson Harris established a foundry to make and repair farm machinery. Massey and Harris both became pre eminent

in harvesting machinery and eventually the archrivals merged in 1891. In Australia the foundation for today's Massey Ferguson brand had also just begun with Hugh Victor McKay's invention of the stripper harvester in 1884, the first machine to combine the functions of reaping, threshing and winnowing grain from the standing crop. McKay established a manufacturing base at Ballarat, and then transferred to Braybrook Junction, re-named Sunshine in 1907 after the harvester's brand name. By the 1920's the H.V. McKay Company was running the largest implement factory in the southern hemisphere covering 30.4 hectares (76 acres), and were leading t h e international agricultural industry through the development of the world's first selfpropelled harvester in 1924. In 1930 the H.V. McKay Company was granted exclusive Australian distribution of Massey-Harris machinery. The company was then renamed H.V. McKay Massey

Harris Pty Ltd. Throughout World War II H.V. McKay Massey Harris exported over 20,000 Sunshine drills, disc harrows and binders to England to facilitate the increase in food production. Massey-Harris merged with Harry Ferguson in 1953 and brought together their twin skills in harvesting machinery and tractor design to produce one of the world's most Attending the 50th Anniversary Massey Ferguson powerful forces in farm equipment. In 1958 Ball are: (L to R) Wendy Robins, Darryl Borgelt, the company was renamed Massey Rodney Reichelt, Glenn Burke, Sarah Reichelt, Ferguson. Under this brand the MF35 was Jo Bywaters, Suzie Burke, Larry Bywaters, released as the first red Massey Ferguson Joel Borgelt and Michael Sudholtz model to come of the factory floor shortly followed by the MF65. In 1995 Massey Ferguson's worldwide holdings were purchased by the US-based AGCO Corporation, one of the largest manufacturers, designers and distributors of agricultural equipment in the world. Massey Ferguson is AGCO Corporations cornerstone brand and is the most widely sold tractor brand in the world. Since 1958, Massey Ferguson has continued to grow as its' own brand, and now accounts for more than half of AGCO corporation's sales, with a Inquisitive farmers lining up a for a demonstration large share in the market across the world. and test-drive

In 50 years Massey Ferguson has gone from strength to strength and has continued to represent technological advancement, brilliant engineering, reliability and premium quality to the Australian farmer. Massey Ferguson's industry leading Constantly Variable Transmission is a testament to the research and development that Massey Ferguson strives to put into its machinery with the backing of the AGCO Corporation. With such a reputable and trusted heritage, and extensive range of products from tractors to combines, and hay gear to ride-on mowers, it is easy to see why Massey Ferguson is the m o s t widely sold tractor brand in the world. To c e l e b r a t e M a s s e y Ferguson's 5 0 t h Anniversary AGCO Australia invited customers, Massey Ferguson enthusiasts and the public to a Gala Dinner. The evening was an event to

implements through their paces. However due to welcoming rain, the paddock was too wet and the venue was changed to the Nhill Racecourse. Staff of Robins Ag Service and representatives of Agco Australia, Fergal Meehan, Service Manager at Agco Australia, and Tim Lawrence, Sales Manager at Agco Australia were kept busy all day explaining changes to the latest ranges of M a s s e y Ferguson

tractors. Tractors on exhibit on the day were the MF8460, MF746,5 MF6475, MF5465, MF187 baler and the MF20MD 4X4 Utility Vehicle and MF Zero Turn mower Discussions between farmers were held over a BBQ lunch with refreshments., Over eighty farmers attended the day. Everyone taking the opportunity to ask question, watch a demonstration or take a test-drive on the Massey Ferguson equipment.

remember, filled with live Mark Lourey, salesman for Gazeeka Hay Baler entertainment and a look back Products also attended the day to inform farmers of

at 50 years of Massey Ferguson heritage. Ball gowns and tractors are not usually associated together but according to Mrs Wendy Robins dealer principal of Robins Ag Service, Nhill, the Massey Ferguson 50th Anniversary Gala Dinner on Melbourne's waterfront was one of the highlights of being a Massey Dealer. Ms Robins joined colleges, customers, friends, MF enthusiasts and other dealers from all over Australia and NZ (600 guests) to celebrate this memorable event and significant milestone while enjoying live music and looking back on a legendary 50 years.

the new Microwave Moisture meter and applicators technology in temperature testing for hay bales. Mark's Bailing meter gave hay the ability to store hay with a higher moisture content - up to 25% moisture so forage spends less time on the ground with less risk of weather reduced heating of the bail. Due to the past and recent hay stack fires in the are, many farmers took the opportunity to find out more information on these new methods of hay baling. The day proved to be an outstanding success for Wendy and her team at Robins Ag Service. Not only were the farmers in the area able to be updated with the latest in farm machinery technology , but they also had a good opportunity for general networking amongst themselves. Those who attended went into a draw for a mystery prize. The lucky winner, Colin Jensz received a jacket from Agco and a 50th anniversary hat from Massey Ferguson

From a women's perspective, Ms Robins admits there are many challenges for women in a mainly male dominated industry. Wendy attributes the success of Robins Ag Service to hard work, good product, loyal customers, great staff and an intense staff-training program. Continuing the 50th Anniversary celebrations, Robins Ag Service sent invitations to their clients for a 'Massey on Luch time with Fred Webb (left) and Alex Bywaters at the Move' Day. The event was to be held on a local farm to the BBQ trying to keep up with the lunch time rush. Everyone taking the opportunity to chat while the give those attending the opportunity to put food is cooking the latest Massey Ferguson tractors and

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Nhill Community News Footy Tipping Round 18 Jim White Jim’s Butchery

Lorna Reichelt Spot Cafe

Hawthorn Essendon Adelaide Kangaroos Geelong Western Bulldogs St. Kilda West Coast

Collingwood Essendon Adelaide Kangaroos Geelong Western Bulldogs St. Kilda Fremantle

Jim’s team is Richmond

Lorna’s team is Essendon

Andrew Johnston (AJ) Farmer’s Arms Hotel

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A.J’s team is Melbourne

Hawthorn Essendon Adelaide Kangaroos Geelong Sydney St. Kilda Fremantle Sandy’s team is Richmond Dulcie Ruge Avonlea

Hawthorn Essendon Adelaide Kangaroos Geelong Western Bulldogs St. Kilda Fremantle

Hawthorn Essendon Carlton Kangaroos Geelong Western Bulldogs St Kilda Fremantle

Roy’s team is Geelong

Dulcie’s team is Collingwood

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Cr Rob Gersch Hindmarsh Shire

Collingwood Melbourne Carlton Geelong Kangaroos Sydney St. Kilda Fremantle

Hawthorn Essendon Adelaide kangaroos Geelong Western Bulldogs St Kilda Fremantle

Adrian’s team is Essendon

Rob’s team is Essendon

Hawthorn Essendon Carlton Brisbane Geelong Sydney St. Kilda Fremantle

Rick’s team is Richmond

Rob’s team is Sydney Swans

Geelong Collingwood St Kilda Sydney Richmond Port Adelaide Kangaroos Western Bulldogs Jame’s team is Collingwood Allan King Home Hardware

Michael Henderson Oliver’s Diner Hawthorn Essendon Adelaide Brisbane Geelong Western Bulldogs St KIlda Fremantle Michael’s team is Hawthorn Brian Klemm Desert Fringe

Hawthorn Essendon Adelaide Brisbane Geelong Western Bulldogs Sydney Freemantle

Hawthorn Essendon Adelaide Kangaroos Geelong Western Bulldogs St. Kilda West Coast

Allan’s team is Collingwood

Brian’s team is Essendon

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Back row L-R: Victoria Janetzki, Emma Janetzki and Ellen Wheaton. Middle Row L-R: Shanaye Alexander, Armani Kennedy, Mikayla Farmers and Emily Koop. Front: Lexi Farmers.

Good food, fun games, great company and supporting a fabulous cause. Those who attended Friday night’s “Bibles for Bolivia” night at the Lutheran Hall got the lot! First job for the night was making Anaconda’s in quick set jelly and starting a steady stream of popcorn, which is widely eaten in Bolivia. We then watched a DVD made by the Bible Society showing some of what life is like for people in Bolivia where it isn’t uncommon for children to be living on the street because their family cannot afford to support them. The money raised from the door on this night was going straight to the Bible Society to provide Bibles to people who want them in Bolivia. We then unveiled the mosaic we created at our “Bibles for Syria” night two years ago which will be mounted in the church. This time all of the children had the opportunity to help complete two canvases with a Bolivian theme which will also be displayed in the church or the hall. Then the crowd split into three

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Hawthorn Essendon Adelaide Brisbane Geelongs Sydney St. Kilda West Coast

James Jesic Union Hotel

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Sandra Bone Sandy’s Treasure’s

Roy Stehn Avonlea

Rick Shiells Sitting Duck Cafe

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groups and chose a person to using nothing but newspaper, scissors, sticky tape and their imaginations. It is very interesting watching how the different groups work together and the way their minds work. One group was led by some creative women who went with the Bolivian theme, dressing Jemima Bothe in a layered outfit highlighted by a fringed poncho. Another group with mainly young girls dressed Armani Kennedy as a flower girl, with flowers on her hat, sleeves and shoes. The third group was nearly all boys and their creation involved... weapons! Grant McLeod became Robin Hood, complete with bow and arrow and a sword. A highly competitive game of sock hockey followed. Jason Bone and Graeme Janetzki seemed to use this competition as a chance to relive past differences with both worn out, but unwilling to let the other man win! We then tried 5 different

Bolivian dishes. This included their traditional Christmas cake: a sugar topped yeast cake with raisins and citrus. Deeeeeeeelicious!!! We didn’t eat any lama or tongue, both common delicacies in Bolivia. Time for a game again? How about the chocolate eating game? Two dice going around a circle of children with the roll of a six giving the opportunity to go into the middle to start unwrapping and cutting off pieces of chocolate with a knife and fork. As soon as another six comes up you have to sit down and make way for someone else. With no connection to Bolivia we all got up and sang Colin Buchanan’s, “Come near to God” sung to the Mexican Hat Dance. With the jelly set the night was brought to a close in prayer. A fabulous evening had by all with about $380 to buy bibles for the people of Bolivia. The Nhill Lutheran Church has Sunday School at 10 o’clock on most Sunday mornings during the school terms. All Primary School aged children very welcome. Contributed article

West Wimmera Darts Assoc Results - Round 10 Played Tues 29th July Commercial 4 def Farmers 3 Apex 7 def Kiata Arrows 0 Untouchables Bye Final Pts % Apex 16 250 Commercial 10 133 Farmers 8 124 Kiata Arrows 6 47 Untouchables 0 55 Highlights - Round 10 Highest peg 76 - T Templar (Farmers) Finals Arrangements 5th Aug 1st Semi - Farmers v Kiata Arrows at Commercial 2nd Semi - Apex v Commercial at Farmers

Word of the Week prink \PRINGK\, transitive verb:

A n d whatsoever mine eyes desired I kept not from them, I withheld not my heart from any joy; for my heart rejoiced in all my labour: and this was my portion of all my labour. Then I looked on all the works that my hands had wrought, and on the labour that I had laboured to do: and, behold, all was vanity and vexation of spirit, and there was no profit under the sun. Ecclesiastes 2:10-11

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1. To dress up; to deck for show. 2. To dress or arrange oneself for show; to primp. Tara has supermodel legs and is already getting used to being prinked and coiffed as she prepares for her first beauty contest in the autumn. — Raffaella Barker, “Diary hatched, matched and almost despatched”, Daily Telegraph, September 6, 1997 The point is reinforced by a clutch of contemporary art photos . . . showing plump nudes prinking and preening like pouter pigeons, and, in one case, a couple of dancers deliberately posed to recreate a Degas painting. — Hilary Spurling, Daily Telegraph, January 23, 1999 Prink is probably an alteration of prank, from Middle English pranken, “to show off,” perhaps from Middle Dutch pronken, “to adorn oneself,” and from Middle Low German prunken (from prank, “display”).

AFL Ladder

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Geelong Western Bulldogs Hawthorn Sydney Kangaroos Collingwood Adelaide Brisbane Lions St Kilda Richmond Carlton Essendon Port Adelaide Fremantle West Coast

Rob Gersch James Jesic Rob Sherwell Olivers Roy Stehn Jim White Lorna Reichelt Sandra Bone Dulcie RUge Alan King Adrian Wargg A.J. Rick Shiells Brian Klemm

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ROUND 18 MCG Collingwood vs Hawthorn MCG Essendon vs Melbourne AS Adelaide vs Carlton Telstra Dome Geelong vs Richmond GCS Kangaroos vs Brisbane Liions MO Western Bulldogs vs Sydney Swans Telstra Dome St.kilda vs Port Adelaide Subiaco Fremantle vs West Coast


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Woorak community first for small rural community workshop

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AGM Tuesday 12th August 2008 5.30pm Hindmarsh Shire Council Chambers WANTED TO BUY Wanted, old red bricks suitable for paving, broken or whole Ring Linda on 5391 1467

Residents of small rural communities in Hindmarsh Shire will be given an opportunity to share their ideas and dreams towards planning a sustainable future for their community through a series of Community Opportunity Workshops. The Workshops, presented by Hindmarsh Shire Councils Community Development Team, will enable residents of the smaller communities to come together to discuss the directions they want their community to head and to identify projects and initiatives that will assist them in achieving their goals. These workshops are similar to those undertaken in Dimboola, Rainbow and Jeparit in 2006 and Nhill in 2007 as part of Hindmarsh Shire Council’s Community Building Initiative. Hindmarsh Shire CEO Mr John Hicks said “It is very important for residents of the various communities to attend and participate in these workshops as it provides them with the opportunity to map out their future direction.” He added “Known as a bottom up approach the workshops provide the community with a chance to take charge of their own destiny by allowing them the opportunity to identify initiatives and develop strategies in order to reach their desired outcomes”. “As a key stakeholder the Hindmarsh Shire Council can assist the rural communities by guiding them through the process that needs to be undertaken to fulfil their plan of establishing a sustainable future, however it is the input and actions of the local community that will determine its success”. Part of the workshop process will be to identify community assets which can be physical or intangible i.e., Community Infrastructure – Hall, Tennis Courts, Environment – Landcare or Top Crop Group or Health and Wellbeing – Aerobics classes, dances etc. The Hindmarsh Shire Council Community Development Team strongly encourage residents of the Woorak and District community to attend the first small rural community workshop that will be held at the Woorak Hall on Friday 1st August for the Woorak and District community from 5.30pm for a 6.00pm start. An evening meal and childcare will be provided. For catering purposes and childcare bookings, or for any other queries please contact Hindmarsh Shire Council’s Drought Response Officer, Joanne Thomas on 53911811.

Immediate start A vacancy exists for casual / full time welders and sheetmetal worker For further information contact Campbell Silos on 53911 102 or fax resume to 53911904 Campbell Silos Dimboola Road Nhill

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“NHILL CHISTIAN FELLOWSHIP 10.00am Communion Service followed by morning tea, all age Sunday School and Bible Study at 11.15am. All Welcome. Enquires please phone: 5391 1044 or 0429 911042

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Nhill tested against St Michael’s Back on the road again this week, and St Michael’s were our worthy opponents. Some tough games over the last few weeks mixed with an overload of school football, had set it up for the boys to dig deep to find something extra for this game. The first quarter opened fast and a good start is what was required and the boys didn’t disappoint. Nhill 4.3.27 St to Michael’s 0.0.2 The second quarter showed what the boys were really capable on with good work out of the centre and fast movement into the forward line. This quarter showed the young tigers at their best, but one or two quarters don’t make a great performance. Half time: Nhill 11.3.69 St Michael’s 0.0.2 The third quarter was the one that could make the St Michael’s boys pack it in and go home, but to their credit they rallied and kicked four goals and two points to the Tigers one goal. The momentum was going to swing if the Tigers couldn’t pick themselves up and re-group. Nhill 12.3.75 St to Michael’s 4.4.28 The last quarter had its start with a fast goal to bounce the Tigers back into some sort of dominant role, and then another to put the brakes on the St. Michael’s train The young Tigers dug deep and showed they can bounce back from any opposition and forward charge. Final scores: Nhill 16.7.103 defeating St. Michael’s 5.4.34 Goal kickers; tom Driscoll 6, Marty Dufty 3, Mitch Borgelt 1, Jade Riordan 1, Tyson Briggs 1, Rick Scott 1, Liam Schwartz 1, Tyron Riordan 1, Brett Jenz 1. Best players: Josh Rintoule, Fred Stephan, Tyron Riordon, Tom Driscoll, Josh Jarred, Hayden Devaney and Marty Dufty. Next Saturday Ararat play Nhill at Nhill

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Yanac hockey reports The split round saw Yanac venture down to Dimboola. Warriors had the bye and the Women and Tigers both played the Dimboola counterparts. The Women took the field at 11 o’clock, their earliest game for the year. With six players unavailable (catering for tree planters, pheasant hunting and graduating just three exciting things people had on their agenda for the day) Erin Blackwood happily had a game with the women instead of a day off. Yanac started very sluggishly, allowing Dimboola to take the upper hand early in the game, with a ball that deflected off a defender and past Jo Wheaton into the goals. Lurking wings forced Anne Blackwood and Jess Wheaton to hang back in defence but the half back line of Sheree May, Sarah Coughlan and Mandy Falting worked hard and were kept busy by Dimmy’s forwards. As she does every week, Sarah played the strong, courageous, captain’s game that will be greatly missed next year when she heads off to further her studies. With another three umpire’s votes this week she is a great chance in the Wimmera Hockey Association Best and Fairest count as well as the favourite in the club’s Best and Fairest. Jill Kube made great position on the right wing, receiving many balls from Mandy and Sarah. Unfortunately the forwards weren’t attacking in numbers in the first half and the ball was cleared to the awaiting Dimboola half backs. Yanac successfully defended numerous short corners to keep the score at the break at 0-1. Simon Farmers continued his support of the team with a positive half time talk, suggesting some minor changes and urging the

team to be desperate to gain and retain possession. This pep talk seemed to lift the team in the second half. Sheree went onto the forward line and Jo Pedie stepped into LHB and showed some classic ‘Zanker’ defence tactics. The forward line stepped it up a notch in the second half with more shots and scrambles in front of goal than we have had in any match for a LONG time. Nat Farmers, Sharon Croot and Mikaela Jago gave their all but couldn’t get the ball over the white line. Jo Werner made some great dashes down the left wing but none of these were as entertaining to the defenders as her shift from wing to right half back; when she crossed over the field with a gigantic grin, her arms flailing and saying “where am I meant to be?” Erin had two fabulous shots from the right that narrowly missed to the left of the goals. Oh so close! As the end of the game was coming we needed to try something new. Sarah moved onto the forward line with Erin filling her spot at centre half back. Unfortunately no goal eventuated and the game finished with us going down 0-1. Well done ladies! We’re still in with a chance to play finals hockey and if we can just get a couple of those goals, who knows what could happen! Keep up the great team play! Best: Sarah Coughlan, Erin Blackwood and Anne Blackwood.

Yanac Tigers Top placed Yanac Tigers played Dimboola who are bottom of the ladder in the Men’s Competition. Ladder positions would make you expect that the Tigers should have a runaway victory in this match but Dimboola generally bring

the game right up to all of the mens’ teams, Tigers included. After a mediocre patch in the middle of the season, last week the Tigers had a return to the spark that both they and their supporters have grown to expect in their game. So we were hoping that, with only three weeks until the finals, the spark would still be there. The game was fast from the opening whistle. While Tigers had most of the forward play the Dimboola men didn’t let them have things all their own way. It wasn’t until about the twenty minute mark that Mick Dart snared a loose ball being cleared from the D, brought it back into the circle and fired it into the net. Shortly after this we felt a bit of déjà vu as Matt Kube performed the same feat from right half back, instead of centre half. The third goal came off a short corner. Adam Clohesy passed the ball out to Kim Croot, who returned it to Adam who then delivered the ball to big Luke Reichenbach at the top of the circle who delivered the ball to back of the net with a firm push. In the second half the Tigers continued working hard against the young Dimboola side. All parts of the field were used as the ball was driven forward by both teams. Vern Wheaton and Jamie Harding were both strong in defence with the confidence that Muz Miller was there waiting at the last line of defence in the goals. Tom Cook played his usual strong attacking game, creating opportunities. Carl Kuchel made a return to the Tigers, slotting into the strong line up. Another new face was Shaun Alexander, in his second game of hockey. Shaun’s determination has seen him taking an active role in goal scoring and it is

only a matter of time before he scores one of his own. Simon Farmers continued to be a thorn in the side of the Dimboola team, relentlessly intercepting the ball as Dimmy tried to clear from their defence. The first goal in the second half was brought down the field by Jim Cramer. He then ran into the circle and slammed the ball straight through the

quickly closing gap between the goalies legs. The 5th and 6th goals were scored by Michael Croot who had received cross passes that had left the goalie out of position. Dimboola scored a well deserved goal in the second short corner completed after time was called. Tigers had completed another strong pre-finals game.

Usama Munawar Nhill Men preparing a shot

Thunderbird player Debbie Barber (back left) was in a prime position to receive the ball for a goal, after the Highlander player lost possession

Nhill Men win a thriller! Dimboola was the venue for last Saturday’s match against third placed Horsham at the Secondary College hockey fields. Horsham are ranked two places higher on the ladder than Nhill but matches between the two teams have traditionally been closely fought and this match was to be no exception. Nhill placed fifth on the premiership ladder and two wins outside a finals berth needed a victory on Saturday and also to finish strongly in the remaining three rounds if they wish to play past the home and away season. Nhill started the match lethargically and almost immediately found them selves defending desperately as Horsham pushed forward with accurate passing and excellent teamwork. Within five minutes Horsham had taken advantage of their fast start and scored an excellent goal from a back stick cross deep in the scoring circle. Fortunately for Nhill the goal seemed to spur the players on and almost immediately the excellent team work displayed in recent weeks began to return. Ross Thurlow and Mont Miller were combining well and were receiving good passes from the half backs in Ben Smith, Jarryd Bendall and Graeme Janetzki, who were cutting off the Horsham attackers and feeding the ball back into Nhill’s attack. Nhill equalised the score towards the end of the first half when a long ball got through to Mont Miller into the attacking circle to Jack Janetzki who was waiting on the post to finish the job. Jack has filled in (after playing a full game of juniors) on numerous occasions during the season and his good positioning and skills on the wing have resulted in him scoring frequently for the team. At half time the score remained at a goal apiece. The second half turned into a gritty affair with neither team able to dominate. Allan King and David Reichelt, ably supported by Graeme Jago, were kept busy at full back with the Horsham attackers moving the ball around the scoring circle with very skilful teamwork and always looking dangerous. Graeme pulled off an excellent save with his glove above his head mid way through the half and had another good day in the goals. Adrian Creek returned to the team (after a three week luxury holiday) and to some good form, regularly feeding the ball to his other forwards and was among the best players. Ben Smith, also backing up from the juniors, is starting to look very comfortable in the senior ranks also put in a very solid game. The match looked to be going to a one all draw when, with a few seconds left before the final whistle; Nhill was awarded a penalty stroke. Adrian Creek stepped up the spot and, and as all good Captains do, he neatly flicked the ball past the non stick side of the Horsham goalie for the winning goal. In the final three weeks of the home and away season Nhill plays against teams ranked higher than them selves. A win in next week’s clash with fourth placed Kaniva and probably one of the other two remaining matches is essential if Nhill is to play in finals action. Umpires votes: 3-Allan King, 2-Jarryd Bendall 1Adrian Creek. Next week Nhill play against Kaniva in Warracknabeal at 2.30pm. Player should meet at the Spot Café car park at 1.00pm to carpool

Dimboola player getting a bit close to Jess Wheaton

Winter Woolies Fun Day this Sunday SUNDAY August the 3rd will see the Nhill Pony Club hosting it’s inaugural“Winter Woolies Fun Day” at the Nhill Showgrounds. The day promises to offer fun for riders and their hairy equine friends, with a varied programme of events set out for the day. The day will commence in the morning at 10.00am (gear check from 9.30am) and will see such events as the ‘Best presented Horse/Pony and Rider’, the ‘Hairiest Horse/Pony’ and a magnificent ‘Fancy Dress’ to name a few. After breaking for lunch, the programme will continue with the more active events, such as the ‘Barrel Race’, ‘Tent Pegging’, ‘Bending and Carrot Races’. The day will conclude with presentations to all the highest point scorers, with awards kindly donated by Donna Burns of Kaniva. To offer everyone a chance on the day, age groups will be divided into 14 years and over, 12 years and under 14, 11 years and under, and led rider any age. Everyone is most welcome to come along and enjoy the fun, with the minimal cost of only $10.00 allowing entry into all age group events for the day and includes day membership for all non pony club members. The full programme and the rules and regulations for the day can be found at the pony clubs website at www.nhill.ponyclubvic.org.au. So load up your horse or pony (but no plaiting), make sure you have your approved helmet and boots, no jackets required, just neat casual dress and come along and join in the fun. Spectators are most welcome and entry is free!!! Page 8

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