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Volume 36/ Issue No. 12
CONTENTS 06 Walking to Cure Cancer
10 Golden Nugget
Pine Rivers bowler Theresa Crossley will walk 60kms to raise funds for cancer research.
NSW golden boy Mathew Pietersen claims Nugget double, while Kiwi champ Jo Edwards takes title number three.
07 South Tweed Pairs
14 Cover Story
Steve Halmai and Brendan Hoey take the top prize at South Tweedâ€™s $8k Open Pairs.
Bowls has never been first in the fashion stakes, but bowlswear has come a long way in recent years.
08 8 Nations
20 Mundubbera Reborn
Australiaâ€™s men claim Glasgow glory, but women left wondering what went wrong.
After months of hard graft and generosity, Mundubbera Bowls Club is finally ready to re-open.
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From the Chair
with Ron Chambers
GOLD COAST TWEED DISTRICT BOWLS ASSOCIATION
The Gold Coast Tweed District celebrated its 75th Anniversary at Tweed Heads Bowls Club on August 12.
There was a fantastic turnout from local clubs, with plenty of past and present office bearers also on hand to help out with celebrations. Those attending enjoyed a friendly game of bowls in the morning followed by a two-course meal.
After lunch the proceedings were MC’d by Past President Brian Stewart, who also organised the anniversary celebrations. Congratulations to President Chas Turner, his Board and committee members for the continued success in running the district association. PENNANT
Districts around Queensland are currently staging their pennant competitions, allowing all club bowlers the opportunity to play competitively.
Any affiliated bowler can play Pennants, regardless of age or ability, and to win a coveted Pennant flag is the highlight of many bowlers’ careers.
The elite bowlers who take out their district’s Division 1 Pennant title will carry on to group play-offs, where they will have a chance to win a berth at the 2013 State Pennant Finals. The 2013 state finals will be played at Tweed Head Bowls Club on November 23 and 24.
My husband Jack and I signed up for the Cook Islands Bowls International after seeing the story in Queensland Bowler magazine. We had a beaut time, if you’re going on a bowls holiday, I’d highly recommend it!
The people were very welcoming, they came from 15 outlying islands to play and they love their bowls. They’re good bowlers too, they had a former Commonwealth Games gold medallist in their club and lots of junior bowlers, which was a really nice surprise.
They were all so happy, they had music on all the time, which was great, and we ate well, lots of fresh food from the islands. We were invited to march in the parade for their national day Te Maeva Nui and we got lots of cheering for the ‘Aussie Aussie Aussies’. It was a very enjoyable time for us all.
I was delighted to attend the 2013 Tweed Heads Junior Golden Nugget, which was held on Tweed’s indoor green on August 3 and 4.
We played two half-days of open fours competition with mixed Cook IslandsAustralian teams.
Unfortunately Queenslander’s didn’t prevail despite having the home ground advantage.
Kay Rotondo Ladies president Ingham Bowls Club
A large number of spectators came along to watch the action and were absolutely amazed at the skill level displayed by the young invited bowlers.
Congratulations to winners Corey Wedlock from New South Wales and South Australia’s Renee McPharlin. GOLDEN NUGGET
Tweed Heads staged its prestigious annual Golden Nugget just a week later, and as usual the field was a virtual who’s-who of Australia and New Zealand’s top bowlers. Once again spectators were treated to some amazing bowls, as they packed the stands to watch the stars of our sport in action.
Congratulations to New Zealand world champion Jo Edwards on winning the women’s title for a third time.
New South Wales youngster Mathew Pietersen was a deserving winner in the men’s event, having lifted the Silver Nugget title for under-25s a month earlier.
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THERESA STEPS UP IN THE BATTLE TO END WOMEN’S CANCER
ine Rivers bowler Theresa Crossley is more than half way towards her target of raising $2000 to help fight women’s cancer.
She held a fund raising morning tea on August 25 and her bowls and church friends got the campaign off to a great start, tipping in $1000. Theresa’s daughter-in-law Anita, a young mum from Chinchilla with a three-year-old son, is fighting ovarian cancer.
“Anita has been so brave and inspiring, I have so much admiration for her, I wanted to do something to help,” Theresa said. Theresa and her daughter Amanda Ramshaw are in training to walk 60km in one weekend, along with other campaigners around Australia, to raise money for Queensland’s Institute of Medical Research (QIMR). QIMR works in with Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, to take its cancer research direct from laboratory to bedside.
If Anita is well enough, she hopes to join her in-laws on the Walk.
“Bowls is actually great preparation, you do more walking up and down the greens than most people might think,” Theresa said.
“Apart from bowls, I’m walking seven to 10km a day and Amanda and I will join up for a 30km walk a couple of times before the big weekend.”
The Queensland walk will start and end at Brisbane’s Roma Street Parklands and weave through the streets of Brisbane to raise awareness and money, with each walker having already raised a minimum of $2000 each. QIMR says funds raised are used to fund vital equipment and develop diagnostic tools to detect women’s cancers, including ovarian, uterine and breast cancers, and work towards a cure. Theresa can be contacted at Pine Rivers Bowls Club on Mondays or mobile 0488 394 999 Email firstname.lastname@example.org
“The greens were lightning fast, running between 17 and 20, and we had warm sunny weather,” Surridge said. “If you’re planning to come next year, entries are already filling fast!” The 2013 King of Straddie title was taken by Kawana’s Fred Diamond, who beat Ray Whittaker into 2nd place, Richard Latta 3rd and Millmerran’s Albert Gibbs 4th. Duo Peter Leon (Pine Rivers) and Helen Wood-Bradley (Darra Cementco) defended their pairs crown, beating Nev Jenkins and Bob Dobinson, with third place going to Kerry Flint and Darren Redman and fourth, Rod Miles and George Lyddiard.
Bowlers travel from near and far for Point Lookout’s annual marquee event The name is unchanged, but 18 years after Point Lookout staged its first Straddie 10,000, the tournament now pays double the prize money. “It’s a great prize purse, and a stunning place to play a week of winter bowls” Point Lookout Bowls Club secretary-manager Shawn Surridge said. 6 | queensland bowler
“We have the same bowlers coming back year after year, from as far away as New Zealand, the Northern Territory, Melbourne, Canberra and Sydney.” The 2013 comp was played from August 19-23, with fours played Monday-Tuesday, pairs Wednesday-Thursday and singles on the last day.
In the fours, Warren Chambers from Wellington Point skipped the winning team of Wayne Homan, Lynn Hartley and Michael Hartley, who triumphed over Albert and Maree Gibbs, Mark Bayliss and Richard Latta. Third place in the fours comp went to Andrew Thorrold, John Morris, Michelle Morris and Keith “Shanks” Harris and fourth to two husband-wife combinations, Michael and Julie Keegan and Ray and Fay Whittaker. Major sponsors are XXXX, McDonalds Cleveland, Pandanus Palms Resort, Bob’s Foodworks, Point Lookout Ladies Bowls Club, Julie Keegan’s Aero Bowlsworld and Bundaberg Rum, with $20,000 in prizes paid out from first to tenth places. v36/12
Halmai and Hoey clinch South Tweed pairs title LOCAL BOY STEVE HALMAI
and teammate Brendan Hoey took out South Tweed’s $8,000 Open Pairs in August, finishing well clear of the Gold Coast’s Dennis Margan and Peter Elder in second and Graeme Shillington and Dean McWhinney in third. Hoey (Tugun) and Halmai (Condong) were undefeated over eight games, but had to battle hard to secure top spot.
Taking a tournament lead from round two and only slipping to second after round four, the men endured a final round tussle with June Beverley and Eryn Finnigan, where the ladies only trailed 4-5 after five ends. This shook the men into action and they eventually ran out winners by six shots. Hoey was pleased with the performance, which he put down to his new bowls, and was very complimentary about his partner. “He’s on a bit of a roll is Steve and he made some stunning conversions,” Hoey said. “Some of the greens were a bit quick, about 17, which kept us on our toes. “It was a difficult draw but we did better than last year, when we only won six from eight.” This success comes after Halmai triumphed in the Mermaid Tri Pairs tournament earlier in the month with
Rowan Norris, who was well off the pace at South Tweed, finishing in 28th place with Steve Piggott.
Steady work throughout the tournament enabled Margan (Broadbeach) and Elder (Musgrave Hill) to keep in touch with the leaders, their only defeat coming at the hands of South Tweed star Kelvin Kerkow. The 12-shot loss spurred the boys on and they finished second with 14 +58.
Kerkow, partnered by fellow South Tweed player Rob Heaton, was in destructive form, which included a 27shot victory over Debbie and Gary Farley.
A single shot final round defeat to the previously win-less partnership of Lesley Behnke and Estelle Welsh saw the duo fall from second to a final standing of fifth.
Fourth place went to Nick Separovic and Ray Pickard, who scored well on their winning ends and kept it tight with narrow defeats. Neville Jenkins, a state Over 60’s Pairs champion for the past two years, pulled up in seventh with Ray Hickman. The duo clocked up the tournament’s biggest winning margin in game eight, 24 shots. Elsewhere Mick Anderson and Kris Lehfeldt pulled a 20-shot win for game six.
Lehfeldt later commented that, ”Beating the blokes was easy, the problem was the ladies,” after his only defeats were to
Top women: Gail Waitai and Trish Dixon with STS Deputy Chairman Kim Mitchell. Photo by Tony Cadell Photo Arts Club Tweed. the fairer sex. The pair finished eighth, 20 points ahead of ninth. Under-25 competitors, Scott De Jongh and Eric Copeland came home tenth making 12 +34, while Trish Dixon (South Tweed) and Gail Waitai (Broadbeach) were the leading ladies team. A well earned 12 +31 left them in 11th place and, unfortunately, just outside the main prize money. Maria Rigby, a runner up in this years’ Australian Indoor Championships, paired up with Peter Kelly and finished in 32nd place from 42 entered teams. Tweed duo John Bailey and John Millington claimed an unprecedented three draws in one day. The Johns felt disappointed with the first two, but said they were lucky to get anything from the third draw. The eight game format was appreciated by the players, who also enjoyed fantastic hospitality over the three days.
Paradise Point’s Bob Brown (background) and Condong’s Steve Massey (foreground) in action at South Tweed. Photo by John Van Den Broeke Photo Arts Club Tweed
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Games rehearsal goes well for men Jackaroo men take eight nations title, but women have more work to do before 2014 Comm Games
ueensland stars Nathan Rice and Brett Wilkie helped steer Australia’s men to a convincing title win at the Eight Nation Commonwealth Games Invitational in Scotland last month.
The Jackaroos took two gold and two silver to claim the overall title at the Glasgow event, a dress rehearsal for the Commonwealth Games to be staged in the Scottish city next year.
Ettalong bowler Aron Sherriff was the side’s star performer, skipping Barrie Lester and Rice to the triples title early in the week, before sealing the overall title with a gold medalwin in the singles.
In other disciplines the Aussie girls finished 6th in the triples, 7th in the pairs and 8th in singles.
“Despite the boys doing a great overall job, we as selectors took a lot of learnings from the tour as a whole and will now continue training here for a week and come home and review the performances overall,” head coach Steve Glasson said. “The girls had a tough week from a winning perspective but there were certainly some positive signs from some individuals which just didn’t materialise into crucial wins that we needed.” “The opportunity to have exposure to the greens in Scotland and the best
Wilkie and Victoria’s Matthew Flapper had to settle for silver in the pairs after going down to Scotland by just one shot in the title play-off, 11-12.
nations in the world was a great learning experience for everyone.” There was a gold medal for one Aussie woman though, with Queensland blind bowler Marian Morrison taking out the mixed pairs title. Morrison and director Beatrice Kassulke teamed up with 2013 World Blind Bowls pairs gold medallist Tony Scott and his son Peter Scott (director) to triumph over Wales in the Vision Impaired Mixed Pairs gold medal match, 15-10. Pictured: Queensland’s Nathan Rice helped steer Australia’s men to a win in Glasgow. Photo by Bowls Australia
Flapper got a second silver in the fours, combining with Wayne Ruediger, Mark Casey and Rice for an almost perfect run at the event. Unfortunely the foursome fell at the final hurdle, going down to New Zealand, 12-21. While the men were on fire in Glasgow, it was a dismal outing for Australia’s women in Scotland’s largest city.
Missing team captain Lynsey Clarke, the girls struggled from the start and when the dust settled they had only a solitary bronze medal to show for their troubles, thanks to Claire Turley, Natasha Van Eldik, Karen Murphy and Kelsey Cottrell prevailing over England in the fours, 24-13.
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ILVER NUGGET PRINCE Mathew Pietersen from New South Wales has claimed the throne, sweeping all before him to lift the 2013 Golden Nugget title at Tweed Heads Bowls Club.
Pietersen, who won the inaugural Silver Nugget for under-25s in June, defeated fellow NSW rep Mark Casey in the Golden Nugget final on August 4, 25-18.
Defending champ Leif Selby went close to back-to-back finals, but was also edged out by the talented 24-year-old in a tight semi, 23-25. Kiwi world champ Jo Edwards reigned supreme over Aussie reps in the women’s event, beating Claire Turley in the semi, 25-19, before ousting Natasha Van Eldik in the final, 25-15. It was Edwards’ third win at the event, with the New Zealander having lifted the prestigious Nugget trophy in 2009 and 2011.
Rep bowlers covet a Golden Nugget invite and this year’s field was the usual outstanding selection of the best in bowls. “It was one of the strongest fields in 27 years of the competition, with 15 current or former world champions in the mix of 12 men and 12 women,” Tweed Heads chairman Peter Howell said. Pietersen and Edwards out-shone the
stellar pick, with four-time Nugget winner Kelvin Kerkow the best Queensland-based performer, going down to eventual runner-up Mark Casey in the semi 23-25.
Other Queensland-based bowlers were 2012 runner-up and Canadian international Ryan Bester from Broadbeach and 2010 winner Brett Wilkie from Club Helensvale. Bester’s three wins were not enough to get him through to the semis.
2013 champs Mathew Pietersen (NSW) and Jo Edwards (NZ). Photo by David Allen
His losses were to big fish, the man who beat him in last year’s Nugget final Leif Selby 19-25 and eventual runner-up Casey 24-25. Wilkie won two and lost three, going down to eventual champion Pietersen in the opening round by a whisker 24-25, to semi-finalist Kerkow 8-25 and to Brisbane-born Ben Twist (NSW) in the final round, 23-25. In the women’s comp, only two Queenslanders received invitations this year, 2006 winner Lynsey Clarke from Club Helensvale and wildcard Yvonne Lovelock from Musgrave Hill.
Clarke defeated Australia A rep Carla Odgers 25-15 and Kelsey Cottrell 25-23. Lovelock won against 2013 Australian Open singles champ Lisa Phillips 25-24
and also wasn’t disgraced against eventual champ Jo Edwards, going down 20-25.
Defending champion and current world pairs champion Rebecca Quail-Van Asch from Tasmania was frustrated not to make the semis, going down to current world singles champion Karen Murphy (NSW) in the final round, 24-25. Former junior international Sarah Boddington (NSW) received her first call up to Golden Nugget this year, as winner of the inaugural U25 Silver Nugget in June.
Like Silver Nugget men’s champ Pietersen, Boddington also did well in the open comp, making the semis, but going down to eventual runner-up Natasha Van Eldik, 22-25.
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How the times have changed...modern women’s bowlswear bears little resemblance to the prim and proper fashion of this Victorian ladies team on their 1930 Queensland tour.
Only your Sunday best would do for a game of social bowls in 1922
From starched whites and petticoats to skorts and colours....bowls fashion has come a long way in the last century Ask any non-bowler what they think of the sport and two things will instantly spring to mind…old people and daggy whites. Despite constant reminders that the average age of the Australia’s national bowls squad is younger than the Aussie cricket team, people still associate the sport with retirees.
Hardly surprising when you consider, for most people the only exposure they get to the sport is when the nightly news reports on an issue affecting the elderly.
Also Bowls Australia’s recently released National Bowls Census states that in 2012 over 70 per cent of all Queensland bowlers, competitive and social, were over the age of 60. So I guess the association with retirees is understandable. However, when it comes to bowlswear, the sport has undergone a revolution in recent years.
Whites are still a common sight around Queensland’s bowling greens, but as with tennis, they are almost always matched up with colourful club shirts.
Trainers, shorts, skorts, visors and caps have all become commonplace at clubs as bowlers move with the times. 14 | queensland bowler
While there are still plenty of traditionalists in the sport of lawn bowls, it’s hard to find anyone who prefers the “good old days” when it comes to bowls clothes. One pennant bowler who witnessed this evolution firsthand is Everton Park’s Joan Wilson, 98 years old on October 18. Joan was born in the inner Brisbane suburb of New Farm in 1915 and almost 100 years later, she still stands tall and erect on a bowls green, relieved to be able to wear comfortable trousers and bright colours.
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Far from yearning for the past, Joan is delighted the sport of lawn bowls has finally embraced change, in leaps and bounds over the past 10 years. “I grew up with lawn bowls in the back yard, we had a beach house at Coolum and I watched the bowls club being built next door and all the men and women playing in starched all-white,” Joan said. “Then we moved to Everton Park and I watched another bowls club being built in our back yard and the men and women were still wearing all-whites.
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► Continued from page 14 This is Joan’s 50th year of playing bowls.
“I bought my first bowls uniform at a drapers in Nambour in 1963, a dress,” Joan said.
“The white stockings were a drag, it was better when we moved to pantyhose and better still when we went to slacks. “I’m a conservative person but I love all the colours on the green now too, you’ve got to move with the times.”
Joan’s club mate Kath Kendall said she remembered her mum dressing for bowls when the dress code was still very strict, which “went on for decades too long”.
“There was no jewellery, the length of the hem was measured and there was no individuality allowed,” Kath said. Former state and national rep Di Cunnington has been playing for 40 years, starting as a young mum with a baby.
“There was a cardboard box at Coorparoo Bowls Club, you couldn’t go to the ladies toilet without passing it, and we used to have to stand in the box and our skirt had to come down to the top of the box, it was only 18 inches off the ground. “There was no colour allowed, the only colour was in the hatband.” Looking back through her photos, Di found one example of colour in a travel uniform from 1985.
“It was a very smart outfit from Fletcher Jones, a cream base with a dusky pink travel shirt with crepe covered buttons and two pleats up the front and a maroon blazer,” Di said.
“The travel uniform is much more casual now.” Bowls Australia backed a new Women in Sport apparel line in 2006 because their market research showed the old fashioned look of bowls was a turn off to modern women.
“The Women In Sport range was developed to create more fashionable and appealing attire to be worn during games,” said BA CEO Neil Dalrymple. It didn’t all go down smoothly.
Julie Keegan ruffled some feathers when she wore one of the
By 1969 the stockings had gone, but skirts had to be below the knee and petticoasts and blazers were a must. Pictured above: Australian players Connie Hicks, Norma Massey, Mary Ormsby, Jean Turnbull and Pam Hart at the first International Championships new approved skorts at the Queensland State Championships in 2008 and earned herself a warning from an umpire, presumably for bringing the game into disrepute.
What a difference five years makes, with skorts now common among the younger set, as was always intended. The Bowler couldn’t find any men or women who actively objected to shorts or skorts on the green, as long as the wearer had decent legs and didn’t subject those who didn’t want to watch to a show every time they bent over. “I had to play bowls with one big fellow who wore short shorts and that was much more objectionable than most of the women I’ve seen in skorts,” Di Cunnington said.
“I was just hoping he wouldn’t have to get down to measure something!”
Bowls Queensland has a treasure trove of photos dating back decades and it’s surprising how long it took for bowls fashions to modernise. Even as late as the 1980s, after the rebellious 1960s and 1970s, women still wore petticoats on the bowls green.
“I remember I nearly lost my petticoat a few times, one day someone came up to tell me my petticoat was showing, it was almost
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Everton Park bowling buddies Kath Kendall, Adelle Barltrop, Liz Leitch and Joan Wilson are delighted women finally have a greater choice of fashionable bowlswear, though not everyone would be game to roll up in a tight-fitting skort like Club Kawana’s Jane Bush (left). around my ankles, the elastic had gone,” A-grade singles player and coach Gloria Hemmings said. Di remembers a young Karen Murphy coming up to Queensland to play bowls when she was only about 13 or 14 and causing “World War 3”.
Karen is only 38 now, it was less than 25 years ago, in the big hair, big shoulder pad days of the 1980s. “She didn’t have a petticoat under her skirt, just bikini pants, everyone was scandalised,” Di said. The “rot” had set in.
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away from dresses and skirts and move to pants and pedal pushers.
“Pedal pushers account for most of our sales now,” Nick Atkins from Australian manufacturer Hunter Bowls said. “There’s a smaller market for long trousers, a tiny market for skorts or skirts, most women want peddle pushers and it makes sense, given the game involves a lot of bending over.
“The colour explosion started about 10 years ago, we started with junior navy and maroon with a sprinkling of bottle green. “As the coloured bowls came in, so the demand went up for coloured gear to match. Now royal is the new white!” Atkins said a stunning 80 per cent of sales are for garments in royal blue, although they offer 32 colours in total.
A new innovation, more popular in the past two years, is clubs requesting manufacturers to blend up their own individualised club colours.
“We get requests for interesting combinations of blue and green for example, a turquoise or teal, and a new colour called ‘lagoon’.
“The women like pink and purple with white piping and the latest hot colour over the past six months appears to be apple, a true granny smith apple green.” Nick said the latest “wow factor” in bowls clothes was the recent approval in the past two years to print the BA logo “tone on tone”.
“Previously even with the modern clothes we had to put on the green and gold tag, now we can produce the logo “tone on tone”, in
State lead Stan Duell from Coorparoo models the latest in 50s bowls fashion the same colour as the garment, which looks much smarter and more modern.”
The 19th and 20th century days of all-white on the bowls green didn’t worry most men, because mostly their wives did the washing, starching and pressing, although many of the older men helped in the 1960s and earlier, in the days of the washboards and wringers. But with the 21st century colour revolution, most men are much happier to get more than one wear out of a pair of bowls trousers. “The white trousers get dirty in a day and it’s good to be able to wear a pair of trousers twice, you can do that a lot easier with the coloured trousers,” said BQ chairman Ron Chambers.
Just as World Series cricket brought a splash of colour to that sport, with its outrageous pink and yellow outfits, Ron feels the advent of Premier League and Super Challenge in 2000 ushered in a new era in bowls as these competition intriduced new uniforms to differentiate themselves from regular club bowls.
From total cover up on the bowls green, to wearing sockettes and shorter skirts and shorts, to now covering up again to prevent sun damage. “People went for all the short sleeved gear and shorts when they came in, and we still wear it, but we also see people starting to cover up again,” Ron said. “They had jaunty little caps and now we’re seeing more of the old-fashioned broad brimmed hats, like the men wore years ago. “But it’s not because Queenslanders are more conservative or unwilling to change, it’s because of the sun.” Bowling legends Ian Schuback and Daphne Shaw are big fans of colourful, modern and stylish bowl clothing
“With Premier League and Super Challenge came a great fanfare, bands playing on the greens, and they brought in coloured shirts to differentiate it from the regular competitions,” Ron said.
“First it was only the coloured shirts but in recent years, we’ve picked up the coloured trousers too.
Far from being behind the other states, Ron believes Queenslanders have set trends in fashion.
“It’s probably the hot weather but I believe Queenslanders were the first to wear colours and shorts and skorts on the bowls green,” Ron said. “I remember coming up from Victoria and being surprised at all the bare legs.” Ron said it’s funny how things turn full circle. v36/12
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After much generosity and months of hard work, floodravaged Mundubbera Bowls Club is ready to reopen THE AUSTRALIA DAY WEEKEND FLOODS OF 2013 WIPED OUT MUNDUBBERA BOWLS CLUB, as well as wreaking havoc at many other bowls clubs along the eastern seaboard, especially along the Fraser coast and inland. One enduring image of the floods was taken by Courier Mail photographer Megan Slade.
This image (right) shows Mundubbera Bowls Club chairman Harold Linsket surveying the damage at his once proud club on the banks of the Burnett River, 200km south-west of Bundaberg. It moved many, but it galvanised Roly and Elva Puncheon and John and Heather O’Shea from Ferny Grove Bowls Club into action.
They jumped in a car and drove 400km north to Mundubbera, to see if there was anything they could do.
It turned out there was…and on October 6, the hosts and the visitors, who restored a club-with-nohope and a community icon, will join forces again for a celebration weekend. The new-look Mundubbera clubhouse will be officially re-opened and no doubt some bowls will be enjoyed. The visitors and hosts will eat at 10 new tables and 40 chairs provided by Arana Leagues Club, who were happy to hand over their superseded stock to a good cause after a recent refurbishment. “I can’t wait to go back in October, I’m dying to see it with the new carpet,” said O’Shea.
“The old carpet was full of mud when we got there, all the ceilings and walls had to be replaced, they were full of water, branches were hanging out of the roof.
“The piano was upended and the beautiful old bar was wrenched out of position and pushed a metre out of place, now it’s back in its old spot, the metal foot rail all polished up again, and the whole place looks amazing, a completely different story to what we saw when we first went up after the floods.” The volunteers got lots of support from local Brisbane north side businesses to carry out their repairs at Mundubbera, including thousands of dollars worth of building materials.
Bunnings Stafford donated gyprock, glue, screws and nails, Doyles Home Hardware at Michelton organised with supplier CSR to donate wall cladding, Dulux Paints at Rocklea donated $3800 worth of paint to volunteer professional painters Ian Mateer and Mark Snelgrove and the Ferny Grove bowlers paint team. And another member of the Ferny Grove team, 70-year-old Peter Drummond, ran the 45km Gold Coast Marathon to raise $300 towards the reno costs.
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Pictured bottom (right): Ferny Grove volunteers at Mundubbera, back row, John Krogh, Mark Snelgrove, Roly Puncheon, Mick Napier, Harold Linsket, Colm McVeigh, Marj Linsket and Joy Duggan from Mundubbera, David Pluckrose, front row, Graham Kersnovske, Ian Mateer, John Oâ€™Shea, Lee-Ann from Mundubbera, Warren McDougall. Photographer Elva Puncheon.
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Not just necessary, it’s essential
I would like to comment on two items that appeared in the August edition of Queensland Bowler.
Firstly, I would like to thank David Hill of Kallangur Memorial Bowls Club for his letter, which I found both interesting and thought provoking. David correctly points out that umpires and measurers are required to reaccredit every four years, something I didn’t mention in my June column, ‘Ever thought of becoming an umpire’.
Initially, the editor invited me to write an article on becoming an umpire/measurer and my main focus was on outlining the process of attending a tutorial and, if interested, continuing on to become an umpire or measurer. As David points out, once you become an umpire or measurer your official accreditation lasts for four years.
This is similar to most other sports, where umpires, referees, coaches, etc. must regularly reaccredit to ensure they remain up-to-date with all the latest laws, techniques and procedures. While this can be inconvenient at times, it is necessary to ensure standards don’t slip in our sport, and it is hoped that umpires and measurers will appreciate the need for reaccreditation and will decide to continue. I have set out briefly the following reaccreditation process, which can be found in more detail in the Umpires Handbook on pages 14 and 20.
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Laws of the Sport of Bowls and require a pass mark of at least 90 per cent.
There is also an on-green examination, testing the measuring skills of the candidate, which again requires a pass mark of at least 90 per cent. Measurer’s Reaccreditation Assessment:
The measurer must undertake two forms of assessment to gain measurer’s reaccreditation. The oral examination is an open book exam on the Laws of the Sport of Bowls, with a pass mark of at least 90 per cent required. The on-green examination will test the measuring skills of the candidate and again requires a pass mark of at least 90 per cent.
the sport and some thought should be given to how we can help umpires and measurers who have a physical problem. It is very important that we do reaccredit and that we continue our education. We must always have a good comprehension of the Laws of the Sport of Bowls and be up-to-date with measuring techniques, as wrong decisions made on the green can have serious consequences. Secondly, I was very pleased to read the great article written by Dave Ling from Leichhardt District Men’s Bowls Association, ‘Shelves empty of Umpires’.
This is a topic close to my heart and I was very pleased to read that our Bowls Queensland State Umpire Coordinator, John Dawson, had visited Leichhardt to support the district in training new umpires. And what a great result! Seven new umpires to restock your shelves. I hope this practice continues in the future.
I personally enjoy teaching the laws and the different measuring techniques in my district, Gateway Ladies, where we run various courses and discussion groups each year, as well as visiting clubs to meet with members and officials. So thank you again to both David Hill and Dave Ling for your letter and article.
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Reaccreditation requirements are similar to Level 1, but of course at a higher level. I have spoken with many umpires/measurers and some would agree with David’s comments.
In particular some find difficulty in sitting for the threehour examination or doing it orally and cannot understand why the process of reaccrediting is so difficult. Others have indicated that they are more concerned about the on-green examination, with their physical health becoming a problem as they get older. In particular, kneeling on the green and getting up after a measure is becoming more of a problem. So both areas are cause for concern and more does need to be done to keep our umpires and measurers.
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The Mackay group is coached by Bev Rush.
Record makers South Suburban Bowls Club will have five bowlers at this month’s 2013 Multi-Disability State Championships at Aspley (Sept 8-12). Five players from one club is a record in the Sporting Wheelies & Disabled section.
(The other sections in the championships are Life Stream, Deaf and Blind.)
Allan Field, Wally Foo, William Cocup, John Green, coach Bev Rush, in front, Cooper Whitestyle.
The Sporting Wheelies & Disabled section includes people disadvantaged by a stroke, cerebral palsy, or multiple sclerosis, and amputees.
The rookie of the group is 14-year-old Cooper Whitestyle.
Among the Mackay rep group are two who were selected in last year’s Queensland team, Allan Fields and John Green.
The pairs are Cooper Whitestyle and Wally Foo, Allan Field and William Cocup, and John Green is playing with his regular team mate, Bernie Wolland.
John, an amputee, has previously represented Australia.
GOLD COAST-TWEED celebrated its 75th anniversary on August 12, with a grand morning of bowls followed by a two-course lunch.
The Mackay bowlers will play singles and pairs at the state titles.
“It’s great being able to have all our bowlers with a disability in the one place at the one time, they get a chance to test themselves against others in their category and it’s more social having everyone together,” BQ state development manager Brett Murphy said. “It’s been very exciting to see the standard of play lift over the past three years of the combined championships. “Queensland’s been the best performed state over the past two years at the Australian Open for athletes with a disability, we’ve got Australian champion (Sporting Wheelies) Tony Bonnell in England playing Eight Nations and Joy Forster’s just successfully defended her world title at Blind Bowls.”
Bowls Mecca‘ celebrates 75 years
There were 40 teams of fours from most district clubs, and district past presidents and life members were invited as guests. Special guests attending included Herb Young, president in 1989, John Butterworth (1992), Keith Bakewell (1994), Robert Webb (1997), Don Kennedy (1998), Brian Stewart (1999/2000), Geoff Pascoe (2001/2002), Ron Chambers (2006/2006) and Kevin Goldie (2007/2008). Current District President Chas Turner said it was a great day to celebrate the district’s achievements as a “mecca of bowls in Australia”.
The day was sponsored by bowler and loyal district supporter Lance Cordingley, a solicitor from Tamborine Mountain. The Gold Coast-Tweed District Bowls Association grew from an initial decision by three clubs, Southport, Tweed Heads and Coolangatta to form a district in 1936.
The then QBA required a minimum of four clubs to form a district so Murwillumbah was approached and NSW Bowls gave permission for the club to transfer to Queensland Bowls. The new South Coast District Bowls Association was officially launched in 1938, picking up eight more clubs over the next 21 years, including Surfers Paradise (1945), Beaudesert (1950) Kingscliff (1951), Broadbeach (1953), 24 | queensland bowler
Past Presidents Ron Chambers, Kevin Goldie, Don Kennedy, Keith Bakewell, Herb Young, John Butterworth, Robert Webb, Brian Stewart, Geoff Pascoe.
Palm Beach Currumbin (1953), Condong (1956), Canungra (1958) and Tamborine (1958).
South Coast DBA changed its name to Gold Coast DBA in 1959 and continued to attract clubs, including Mermaid Beach (1962), Musgrave Hill (1963), Cabarita Beach (1963), Woongoolba (1964), South Tweed Heads (1966), Tugun (1968), Paradise Point (1970), Terranora Lakes (1970), Helensvale (1979), Currumbin RSL (1982), Kooralbyn (1984), Twin Towns Services (1986), Nerang Services (1986), Robina (1986), Gold Coast Colts/Benowa and Sanctuary Cove (1987) and Mudgeeraba (1988).
The district added Tweed to its name in 1988 and for the past quarter century has been known as Gold Coast-Tweed DBA. Peak membership was in 1988, almost 8,000 members, with the biggest clubs Burleigh Heads (534), South Tweed and Tweed Heads (496) and Mermaid Beach (471). The popular Gold Coast Winter Bowls Carnival kicked off in 1950, an important financial contributor to all clubs on the Gold Coast-Tweed coast during the Winter months, with the 64th annual carnival held in 2013. v36/12
Battle in Burnett
West is the best
Burnett District women’s pairs winners for 2013 are Monto’s Bronwyn Torrens and Jean Jasch, who defeated the duo of Ann Faulkner and Nola Darlington (Binjour) at host club Goomeri.
With an impressive game record in their favour and a home green advantage, Edge Hill started as favourites to win the recent FNQ Division One Pennant final against West Cairns.
“The standard of bowls was outstanding,” District media officer Aileen Wiley said. A-Grade and B-Grade Singles were played at Yarraman. In A-Grade, Ros Oligmuller (Wondai) defeated Chris Prygoda (Binjour). B-Grade winner was Taleah Putney (Gayndah) against Sue Tucker (Nanango). Fours was hosted by Tansey Bowls Club, with the winning team of Robyn Dierke, Di Currell, Bev Profke and Helene Johnson (Yarraman) defeating Leann Pace, Pat Darlington (Binjour), Bev Speight and Lyn Woodall (Monto).
The Burnett District Champion of Club Champions was hotly contested between Binjour and Murgon, at Murgon. Singles was won in a thriller, 25-24, by Chris Prygoda (Binjour) against Carol Watters (Murgon), Chris fighting back from 8-20 down. Murgon beat Binjour in the Pairs, with Carol Watters and Cheryl Lorkin defeating granddaughtergrandmother combo Brittanny and Aileen Wiley. Binjour took the Fours, L.eann Pace (sub), Pat Darlington, Nola Darlington and Chris Prygoda winning over Murgon’s Joyce Rewald, Maureen Jahnke, Carol Watters and Cheryl Lorkin. It is great to see Burnett District juniors, Taleah Putney (15) and Brittanny Wiley (13), both Under 18 Squad members, performing well at against the seniors. “They are great ambassadors for our District,” Aileen Wiley said.
Wests had a tough run in their section, but a final round win against last year’s champs, the South Johnstone Mongrels, had them pumped and ready to take on the team-most-likely. Despite losing their first two games by four, West Cairns won the day, with star skip Steve Smith rallying his troops for a 14-shot victory to clinch the title. “It’s the first time anyone can remember West Cairns winning a div one men’s pennant,” FNQ publicity officer Peter Longford said. Unfortunately that was where the winning stopped for West Cairns, with Tablelands club Yungaburra over-running the FNQ side in zone play-offs to claim a berth at this year’s state finals at Tweed Heads Bowls Club on November 23-24. The FNQ Div 2 final was between Edge Hill 1 and Marlin Coast at Edge Hill, with the home side running out eventual winners 69-43. Div 3 was hotly contested this year, with 11 clubs fielding 22 teams. The final saw Gordonvale take on Babinda at Gordonvale, with the visitors winning both games 22-15, 32-22. Father and son bowlers Ron and Gavin Omedei both skipped for Babinda, a proud family achievement.
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Surviving a wet winter
fter a decade of drought, the flooding rains we’ve had over the past two and a half years have inspired my first Queensland Bowler column.
I’d like to tackle the problem of muddy and algae-infested greens, and what causes them.
The past six months have been exceptionally wet and overcast.
My personal tally at Scarborough Bowls Club showed between 18 and 22 days in each month to be drizzly, overcast weather. I remember a similar period back in 1983, when a lot of clubs lost their greens to algae and moss.
On some greens the infiltration was so bad, if you tried to drive you’d end up flat on your back. You had to clean your bowls with a scour to get the muck off them. I asked myself “Why all this rain?”
I did a little research on the Bureau of Meteorology website and found this explanation: a high southern oscillation index and above average Pacific Ocean temperatures. As I understand it, this means when we get a southerly blow-in off the ocean, it pushes moisture along the coast and when this combines with high-level cloud from the west, it causes rain.
(I can vouch for the recent above average winter ocean temperatures, I recently capsized my mirror sailing dinghy in a stiff sea squall on Moreton Bay in June and the water wasn’t even cold!) So what causes our greens to turn muddy and algae to take hold?
Could it be too much shade from adjacent trees or buildings?
There is not much you can do about this except trim trees back to let in more light.
But what about when your green gets large mud patches and it starts to look more like mud flats at low tide than a proud grass green? It’s time to yell for help!
From my observations, sand greens appear to attract more algae than soil greens.
And any green that’s been cut too low or over-groomed or scarified will run the risk of the under-lying soil becoming exposed. It becomes a breeding ground for moss and algae and will more easily become muddy.
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Also, the constant mowing and rolling of wet greens, which can’t be helped, tends to seal the surface off, inviting moss and algae to flourish underneath. The other thing a green keeper can discuss with the club is rotation, it may or may not be possible. Constantly bowling in wet weather, especially playing in the same direction with mat placements at the same favourable threequarter length, and not moving the rinks regularly, can also cause trouble to fester. Keep in mind that once you get track-marks up your green, you can be stuck with them for the rest of the year. When your green does finally dry out, those muddy tracks turn as hard as asphalt, and ‘whoosh’ your bowl takes off. No one likes a two-speed tracking green. So let’s talk about what we can do to minimize the problems. My advice is the following: ► Firstly, don’t try to cut greens too low. I set the cutting height somewhere between the width of a 10 cent and 20 cent piece off the ground. I never go as low as 10 cents, and if I’ve been mowing at lower than 20 cents, as soon as we get some persistent wet, I immediately raise the cutting setting to at least 20 cents. It makes a huge difference! ► At Scarborough, we play both directions in every game. Some members don’t like it but it helps a lot. ► I pull the nail spiker out of storage and spike the greens to open the surface. Then I do a special treatment, but not more than twice a year, as it involves copper sulphate, which is highly toxic. Like many other clubs, at Scarborough we have a wheelie bin to mix up treatments, which are then sprayed onto the green through a hose. The first ingredient I put in is Mancozeb. (I’ve been asked not to specify quantities, so you should follow the directions on the container.) I then put together a mixture of equal parts of Hydrated Lime and Copper Sulphate and add it to the Mancozeb. The new three-ingredient mix is then sprayed onto the greens. It works great to get rid of algae!
WARNING! Copper Sulphate is powerful and poisonous, you should not use it more than twice a year.
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You should also read the directions for use of Mancozeb, Hydrated Lime and Copper Sulphate proportions.
The proportions I use may not suit every club and every green.
(Also, in my view, you should keep nitrous fertilizer off a grass green, I find it encourages algae.)
Once you’ve done the treatment, ideally you will get a few fine days of weather, so it can work its magic! I always keep my eye on weather forecasts for the coming months.
You’ll see information like this on the Bureau website (www.bom. gov.au): “Warmer than normal sea surface temperatures currently surround much of Australia. Warmer sea surface temperatures can provide more moisture to the atmosphere, which in combination with the right weather systems (e.g. interactions with fronts or northwest cloudbands) may result in increased rainfall…” So we greenkeepers have our work cut out for us in the coming months, most likely dealing with more rain.
Bowls Queensland is delighted to welcome RINO PARRELLA to write a monthly column on greenkeeping for Queensland Bowler magazine.
The long range forecast predicts more rain in Spring, with a possible ‘La Niña’ developing in the next few months.
Rino will draw on his 35 years of experience in creating and maintaining grass greens in Queensland conditions.
As green-keepers, we should always be aware of the weather patterns and what’s expected to come up next.
Rino’s advice is GENERAL IN NATURE.
No individual club circumstances have been taken into account.
Of course, we welcome rain in the Spring and Summer, but we certainly don’t want floods or the dreadful drought conditions we experienced just a few years ago.
Until next month, Yours in bowls,
Neither Rino, Bowler magazine staff nor Bowls Queensland will accept responsibility for any damage caused by individuals choosing to act on Rino’s advice or apply Rino’s advice, either correctly or incorrectly. Grass greens are extremely valuable commodities and no actions which affect their viability should be taken based on Rino’s column and without taking individual circumstances into account.
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Doin’ it for Spinksy Four Roma bowlers reckon they might have had some ‘help from above’ in the 2013 Roma Men’s Open Fours competition. Tony Nailer, Greg Caletti, John Hammond and skip Mark Brandt overcame their underdog tag to come out on top in the hard-fought competition, edging out another highly fancied Roma team by just one point. “We put the team together in honour of one of our great mates and a stalwart of the Roma club, Brian Spinks, who passed away earlier this year,” said “Spinksy’s Team” third John Hammond. “It’s always a tough competition and for the first time in a few years we had a full house, which was excellent, it made the win for Spinksy even more special.” The “full house” meant Roma hosted 28 teams this year, half a dozen more than last year.
The Open Fours has been played for around 30 years, always on the first weekend in August. Roma has two seven-rink greens and the competition is played over five rounds of 16 ends. “We had excellent weather and with the night time entertainment on the Friday and Saturday nights it was a great success for the club,” said Hammond, also the club’s secretary and manager. The 2013 Open Fours was contested by teams from Roma, Dalby, Oakey, Toowoomba, Chinchilla, Kingaroy, Miles, Emerald, Injune, Surat, Moura, Springsure, Charleville and as far away as Sydney. Pictured below: Roma Open Fours winners - Spinksy’s Team - Mark Brandt (s), Tony Nailer, Greg Caletti, John Hammond.
Bay Challenge Junior-Senior Pairs Nominations invited for $1200 Tin Can Bay Bowls Club’s ‘The Bay Challenge”, Junior-Senior Pairs, Saturday, Oct 12. Entry $40/team. Two competition groups, juniors aged U15 on the day, juniors aged U18 on the day. Three games of 12 ends, three-bowl pairs, no dead ends, jack re-spotted. Each team to consist of one junior, one senior player. Junior to skip. Entries close Oct 5.
NQ Open Championships (Women) SINGLES: Winner Dee Robertson, West Cairns. Runner up Carmen Cobb, Mareeba & Memorial PAIRS: Winners Sue McCall, Ivy Giddings, Mackay City. Runners Up Barbara Koch and Dawn McGahan, Townsville Suburban.
FOURS: Winners Lesley Watson, Townsville Suburban, Helen Vawser, Jubilee, Diane Spina, Noorla, Kate Leverton, Townsville Suburban. Runners Up Liz Plowman, Mareeba & Memorial, Helen Aumuller, West Cairns, Bev Hill and Joy Dennis, Mareeba & Memorial.
ROZWIL TROPHY Congratulations to Bev Hill, Mareeba & Memorial Bowls Club. (Rozwill Trophy donated by Gayle and Bill Anderson for the bowler who wins most games Bev won 12 games.)
Toowong Bowls Club has won its
first Champion of Club Champions zone final in 20 years. The potent pairs combination of Robbie (Nursery) Rimes and Des (The Bagman) Baglin were never seriously threatened in disposing of Gateway’s seasoned pairs combo of Bob Marty and John Gartshore, 21-13 at Gaythorne on August 25. Clubmates are backing the Rimes-Baglin juggernaut to become state champs at 2013 Qld finals at Broadbeach BC (Oct 28-29).
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Top schools ready to roll More than 700 school students aged between 12 and 18 have been involved with this year’s All Schools Cup Challenge, which culminates in state finals at Pine Rivers Bowls Club on the first weekend of the school holidays (Sept 21-22). Districts represented at the finals will be:
Brisbane – Craigslea SHS Brisbane North – Pine Rivers SHS Bundaberg-Port Curtis – Shalom College Burnett – Burnett State College Central Queensland – Rockhampton SHS Downs – Centenary Heights SHS Fraser Coast – Hervey Bay SHS Mackay – Mackay SHS North Qld – St Anthony’s Catholic College Southern Downs – Clifton SHS Tropical Far North – Smithfield SHS Gold Coast Tweed – Pacific Pines SHS Sunshine Coast – SC Grammar It’s the 9th annual schools challenge.
The response from regional areas has been magnificent, but it’s disappointing that some of the bigger districts have not fielded a team. Gateway and Cunningham are big playing districts, with junior academies and development squads, yet they have been unable or unwilling to field a junior rep team to contest All Schools this year. Hopefully we can convince them to come on board in 2014.
We also hope to get a junior rep pair from smaller districts like Caboolture, Condamine, North West and Maranoa-Warrego for future competitions. For the first time at this year’s All Schools, the pairs will be made up of one bowler and one non-bowler. It’s an innovation we hope will open up the competition a bit and make it more interesting.
It will also open up the sport of bowls to a wider audience, which is part of the reason we have the All Schools Cup, to identify new talent and possible future bowls club members. Last year’s winning pair was from Bribie Island SHS, Natasha Jones and Lachie Rowden.
Previous winning schools are Hervey Bay SHS (2011), Palm Beach-Currumbin SHS (2010-2009), Urangan SHS (2008), Ipswich SHS (2007), Gayndah SHS (2006) and in the inaugural year, Pimlico SHS (2005). In this year’s competition, pairs from the 13 districts will be organised into four sections, with the official opening at 9am on Saturday (Sept 21), followed by three rounds of sectional play, starting at 9.20am, 12.20pm and 2.50pm. Semi-finals and finals will be played on Sunday (Sept 22).
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From time to time, the stakeholders in that company will change, which will give rise to a share transfer. Generally, share transfers in companies do not attract stamp duty, except where the assets of the company are predominantly interests in land. The provisions of The Duties Act which gives rise to stamp duty in the state of Queensland were amended in 2011 to set out fresh guidelines in relation to “land rich” companies. It is vitally important where shares are transferred in companies that the Company gets advice regarding the stamp duty implication thereof, BEFORE the share transfer is effected. This issue is of such significance, that I wanted it to be brought to the attention of Club members, who will hopefully read this article. The Duties Act 2001 was amended in 2011 by the Queensland Government to widen the definition in relation to duty payable on the purchase of shares in companies that hold an interest in land. Previously, the Duties Act only caught companies in circumstances where the value of land represented 60 per cent or
more of the value of all of the company’s property and the land value exceeded $1 million.
The critical issue here is the new definition of landholding which under section 167 of the Duties Act is sufficiently wide to cover any “legal or equitable interest” in land which would include leases. The test is now a value benchmark of $2 million in the assets of the Company. In the event a company is land rich, then in those circumstances ad valorem duty would be applicable on the sale of the shares in the company.
Landholder duty will only be payable if a person acquires a significant interest in a Landholder. Significant interest is satisfied by you seeking to acquire not only all the shares in the company but also a majority of shareholding.
The Office of State Revenue (OSR) has recommended that all interests in land, including leases, be professionally valued so that a buyer of shares can determine whether or not it is a Landholder. Any valuation will need to take into account any items fixed to the land, i.e the lease. That would include a fitout profit by a landlord under the lease.
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If this risk is relevant, then the critical issue is to obtain a valuation that complies with the practice direction issued by the OSR to determine value. Therefore, if any business holding leaseholding interests exceeds $2 million in value then prepare for paying duty to OSR. A specific valuation process needs to be undertaken in order to fall within an exception, otherwise the company could well be dutiable on the sale of shares where previously it would not have been dutiable. The full ramifications of these amendments, which have been replicated in each state and territory in Australia except for Tasmania will, as economic times improve, create some significant stamp duty problems in circumstances where buyers may not have been aware that the transfer of shares in the company were dutiable. If any club member would like any advice regarding the stamp duty implications of a proposed share transfer in a company, please do not hesitate to contact myself on 07 3224 0230 or my Partner David Williams, who heads up our Business Services group, on 07 3224 0270.
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