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I spent some time at the Warwick TAFE campus for this week's cover story (pages 4 and 5 today) and was pleased to see there is plenty of activity on site. Driving past the TAFE one sometimes wonders if it looks a little tired and quiet but the good news is there are a number of learning areas which are going very strong, including automotive and heavy vehicle apprenticeships and hospitality. We are fortunate as a community to have some very passionate and dedicated teachers at our TAFE, like David Wyvill in automotive and chef Jamie Fischer in hospitality. The TAFE receives a lot of good industry support which aids in its provision of training to young apprentices and school-leavers, with local job growth a hot topic in this region. It also provides other very valuable teaching areas, including English as a second language for migrants and literacy and numeracy for young and older adults. And agricultural training is still very much alive and well at the Warwick TAFE, with ag still the mainstay of our local economy. Thanks to the teachers and students for chatting with the Free Times for this story it's great to see such enthusiasm for learning and 'upskilling'. Jeremy Sollars
COD SCULPTURE UNVEILED Killarney sculptor Paul Stumkat's latest creation was unveiled last week on the banks of the Condamine River in Warwick - read more and see photos from the event on page 6 ...
PAY RISE VOTED IN Southern Downs councillors have voted themselves a collective $15,000 pay rise - but there may be bigger remuneration issues than what our pollies are getting paid - see page 7.
BIG WEEKEND Plenty on around the ridges this Saturday and Sunday, including drags at Morgan Park and Maryvale's Bunya Festival - see our 'What's On' section on page 18.
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THIS WEEK WE’RE TALKING ABOUT… 'SNEAK THEFTS' AN ONGOING PROBLEM Warwick Police have re-issued warnings to residents to "lock it or lose it" after a spate of recent break-ins and thefts. Out of town criminals with "local connections" are believed to be responsible for at least two recent incidents, including the robbery of a residence on Percy Street last Friday 2 March. An elderly man was in the backyard of the home when thieves entered through the unlocked front door and took a number of valuables, before being surprised by the man and fleeing. Police recovered the stolen items from a Warwick residence but are still trying to locate the offenders, who they say may have only been in town for "three or four days". Another residence on Ivory Street in east Warwick was burgled by possibly the same offenders last weekend. In another incident, a man crashed a Holden Colorado stolen from a Wilga Avenue property early last Sunday morning.
Police said after being stolen sometime on the Saturday the thief had attempted to fill the vehicle with fuel at the Caltex Roadhouse north of Warwick on Saturday night and had jemmied the fuel cover and cap before driving off, having put less than $10 in fuel in the vehicle before deciding to quickly depart. Around 2am last Sunday morning the thief crashed the utility into the front yard of a Locke Street property, causing extensive damage. Local residents attempted to prevent the young male offender from leaving the scene but he was able to flee on foot and police are still looking for him. The Free Times reported last week about other recent opportunistic thefts, with residents urged to secure vehicles and residences, particularly warning against leaving vehicles unlocked - even while garaged - and leaving keys in the ignition.
The Southern Downs Regional Council's drive to improve its financial bottom line seemingly knows no bounds, with councillors at the February general meeting voting in favour of slicing off a small section of Tulloch Park on Grafton Street in Warwick to put it up for sale. The issue was discussed and voted on in the confidential section of the meeting, with councillors resolving to subdivide a 720 square metre sliver of the 6010 sqm park, facing Mill Street, and advertise the sale of the land by tender. The remaining 5290 sqm of Tulloch Park - located on Grafton Street between Wantley Street and the river - is floodprone, but council's cadastral mapping shows a small section in the north-east
corner is above the 100 year flood zone, understood to be the portion to be subdivided. Councillors also voted in favour of calling for expressions of interest to lease an adjoining 2429 sqm parcel of council land to the north of Tulloch Park which is right on the river and is about 80 per cent flood-prone. They also voted in favour of accepting an offer received for the purchase of a 16.9 hectare land parcel on Border Road at Applethorpe, adjacent to the aerodrome and also bordered by Favaro Lane. The amount of the offer and the purchaser were not detailed in the meeting minutes. ●
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AIMING FOR 1500 NEW JOBS BY 2020 The Southern Downs Regional Council voted to adopt its Economic Development Strategy at its February meeting. The draft strategy was open for public comment for five weeks, which ended on 19 January. A council spokeswoman said they received four submissions on the Strategy. "All of the feedback has been considered and council thanks those who made submissions," she said. "The Economic Development Strategy provides the plan that will help to realise the region's potential. "There are three goals in the strategy - to increase our population by 10 per cent by 2020, to attract $300 million of investment by 2020 and to attract 1500 new jobs by 2020. "To achieve these goals the strategy has four strategic elements - business growth, investment attraction, workforce development and advocacy. "This Strategy has been developed in concert with the Economic Development Advisory Committee. "The input has been invaluable
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Cover photo - Automotive apprentices Hugh Paton, from Black Trucks Toowoomba and Matt Whitton of Nolan's Transport at Gatton. Main photo: Inside one of the automotive workshops.
MEETING THE TRAINING DEMAND T BY JEREMY SOLLARS
he Warwick TAFE campus turns 30 in November this year and despite plenty of changes to its course offerings over three decades it's still very much a 'hands-on' affair. A few years back rumours circulated that our TAFE could be closed down but it seems nothing could be further from the truth. There's no doubt the face of apprentice training and further education has changed a lot in recent times - particularly with the advent of online learning - but there are many jobs where practical skilling-up remains essential. Touring the Warwick campus reveals a surprising amount of activity on site, despite the facility appearing to those driving past to perhaps be a little on the quiet side. Currently the Warwick TAFE campus - which used to be known as the Southern
Queensland Institute of TAFE (Technical and Further Education) is part of 'TAFE South West' and has as its mainstays of learning automotive and heavy vehicle mechanics and engineering, construction, hospitality, agriculture and aged care. On the day of our visit around two dozen apprentice mechanics from across southwest Queensland were in the workshops and classrooms completing a regular two-week 'block' of training - with every Vanderfield/ John Deere mechanic in Queensland completing their formal qualification at the Warwick TAFE campus. Teacher David Wyvill says the support the college receives from Vanderfield and John Deere is "a great asset", with two of the familiarly green machines on what is a periodic loan arrangement from the company. "We have an arrangement with John Deere where instead of ditching warranty parts - even engines - that might have a
small fault they send them to us and the apprentices can pull them apart and work out what's gone wrong," David said. "It's just tremendous to have that kind of industry support." Support also comes from automotive manufacturers like Holden - there's two pre-production HSV sedans known as "scrappers" in the industry - so no compliance plate - which the automotive apprentices learn on, plus a host of other vehicles from sedans to vans and light trucks. "We have more automotive apprentices here in Warwick than the Bundamba, Toowoomba and Kingaroy TAFE campuses combined," says David Wyvill. Also of note are two enormous standalone Cummins diesel engines, which have full laptop interface so apprentices can learn the finer points of engine diagnostics, along with modern emissions controls which are now industry standard.
Next door to the automotive shops is the welding unit, which while quieter in recent years is still used by ag students to learn the finer points of metal fabrication. Those same ag students farm around 60 acres of TAFE-owned ground to the east of the campus - bordering both sides of Rosenthal Creek - while completing Certificate IIs and diplomas in Rural Operations, or dual diplomas in Agriculture and Agribusiness Management. Those courses are equally hands-on and include honing such skills as chainsaw and chemical use, hoof care and general animal health and quad bike operation, along with learning about pasture science. There's also activity in the construction arena - the day the Free Times visited that workshop high school students were making timber dog houses to be sold to the RSPCA, an activity initiated by former teacher Charles White.
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Hospitality students (from left) David Gimm, Alicia van der Schyff, Sarah Paynter, Ben Koch and Angus Morgan.
Chef and hospitality teacher Jamie Fischer.
Automotive teacher David Wyvill with one of the two Cummins engines apprentices learn on. Function room open for business Chef Jamie Fischer oversees the hospitality side of the Warwick TAFE campus, which includes a full commercial kitchen and 'Horizons' restaurant and bar. He's an engaging character who becomes animated when talking about the use of fresh, locally-grown produce in the dishes produced by his students, who as well as cooking - or 'kitchen operations' - also acquire 'front of house' skills. "I'm in my tenth year at TAFE and I
Flexibility is the key TAFE South West general manager Brent Kinnane told the Free Times our local campus is "here for the long-term". "We are a public training provider and as such we have an obligation to provide training for the Southern Downs region," he said. "Obviously the training requirements of industry change, they ebb and flow, and we have to be flexible in what we offer and we have the ability to flex up and down depending on the demand for particular courses. "At the moment the heavy vehicle space in Warwick is seeing a significant demand and that will be ongoing. "Between 2015 and 2017 we had a 17 per cent increase in enrolments in the automotive and heavy vehicle programs which is a reflection of that. "With hospitality I think the old-style silver service model is probably not the one for Warwick it's more of a café-oriented training approach. "It's basically a practical training environment with the courses we currently offer. "Things like business administration are popular but they can be delivered in an online environment. "From time to time we throw new programs out there and see what the demand and need is locally - one year you might get 20 enrolments and none the following year. "If there's insufficient demand for a particular program no-one would expect us to run it. "But we're always looking at new business cases - one initiative of note here is that we're planning to run a suite of short courses to upskill local people and businesses who'll be involved with the 2019 Polocrosse World Cup at Morgan Park. "Most importantly what we're doing is delivering training primarily for people in Warwick and delivered by people from Warwick." ●
still find it exciting," he told the Free Times. "We have up to 40 students at any given time - the Certificate IIs are stepping stones to Certificate IIIs and diplomas, it's all a pathway. "If apprentices who are working in local food outlets have missing skills, we fill in the gaps. "It's also things like being aware of the need for gluten-free meal options for people these days, that's a big area. "The restaurant is periodically opened to the public and it's also
Not all just about fixing and fabricating The Warwick TAFE campus has a purpose-built aged care training facility, complete with dummies for residents. With aged care one of our biggest growth industries Regency Park is just over the road - certificates in health support services are popular learning options, along with child care and early childhood learning. Diploma of Nursing students also visit the campus to undertake classes via video link with their metro-based teachers. The TAFE also offers English as a second language courses for new migrants - there's around 10 in the program at the present time - and literacy and numeracy, including using computers, for both young and older adults, who complete a whopping 800 hours for their qualification, boosting their employment prospects and their general social interaction. ●
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GOOD COD - WHAT A BEAUTY! BY JEREMY SOLLARS
The sculpture was unveiled by Mayor Tracy Dobie, pictured with (from left) sculptor Paul Stumkat and Fish Stocking Association president Roger Martin and secretary/treasurer Ed Kemp.
ABOUT MURRAY COD ... Ed Kemp says the Murray Cod is known as "the vacuum cleaner" of the MurrayDarling, with a voracious appetite for almost any fish smaller than itself and crustaceans such as yabbies, along with turtles, water dragons, snakes, mice and frogs from shallow waters. Cod have also been known to take ducks and other birds from the surface of the water. The Murray Cod is an excellent table fish and is farmed commercially in some parts of Australia. Fishing for Murray Cod is illegal during the September to November breeding season. ●
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The nearby stretch of the Condamine has been christened the 'Warwick Murray Cod Rehabilitation Reach'.
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There's a new landmark set to catch the eye of Warwick visitors heading into town over the O.O. Madsen Bridge. Killarney sculptor Paul Stumkat's 'Murray Cod' sculpture was unveiled last week just on the eastern side of the bridge in Rotary Park, next to the highway and near Tiddalik. The dazzling marble sculpture depicts a 'breeding pair' of Murray Cod - an 'apex' species of the Murray-Darling river system which, in case you didn't already know, starts in the range above Killarney at 'The Head'. The sculpture was funded by the Southern Downs Regional Council and the Queensland Government, and acknowledges the 30 years of volunteer work put into the Condamine River locally by the Warwick District Recreational Fish Stocking Association. Over three decades the group has released around 4.2 million Murray Cod fingerlings (baby fish) into both the river and Leslie Dam, and is passionate about restoring the river's natural food chain, including increasing cod numbers and ridding the system of pest fish, chief among them the European Carp. Unthinking people who dump goldfish in the river don't help either. The stretch of the Condamine near the O.O. Madsen Bridge has been a major focus of the Fish Stocking Association since 2013, and is now known as the 'Warwick Murray Cod Rehabilitation Reach'. Association stalwart Ed Kemp said carp numbers were being reduced every year, with the group having installed special 'habitat structures' in the river to help with Murray Cod breeding. Marble for Paul Stumkat's Murray Cod sculpture came from the Sibelco quarry at Elbow Valley east of Warwick. Paul split the six-tonne block over the course of a week and worked on the cod pair for around six months, using a combination of pneumatic drills, angle grinding and hand chiselling to fashion the fish, which have a highly-polished finish. The sculpture was officially unveiled by Mayor Tracy Dobie last Wednesday afternoon. ●
ANGER OVER COUNCILLORS’ PAY RISE BY JEREMY SOLLARS Ratepayers across the region have reacted with anger after Southern Downs councillors voted themselves a pay rise at last week's February general meeting. A 2.25 per cent pay rise was recommended by the State Government's Local Government Remuneration and Discipline Tribunal for councillors across Queensland, but all have the option of foregoing it. Councillors voted unanimously to accept the pay rise at last week's meeting, prompting many residents to take to social media to express their anger at the move, stating the money could be better spent elsewhere, such as on road maintenance and mowing. The resolution to accept the pay rise was moved by Cr Yve Stocks and seconded by Deputy Mayor Jo McNally. Comments have also been made that our councillors should be showing personal restraint at a time when the council remains on the Queensland Treasury Corporation's 'watch list' of financially struggling councils. Mayor Tracy Dobie's annual salary will increase from $125,084 to $127,898 and Deputy Mayor Jo McNally's from $78,177 to $79,936, with salaries for councillors rising from $66,450 to $67,945. The combined total increase in remuneration levels is $15,038 in the next financial year. Councillors had the option to either
statements, Key Management Personnel are elected members, the chief executive officer, directors and managers.” Compensation paid to Key Management Personnel · Short-Term Employee Benefits $2,694,000 · Post-Employment Benefits - $306,000 · Long-Term Benefits - $40,000 · Total - $3,040,000 (Source - SDRC 2016-2017 Annual Report - Notes to the Financial Statements, page 56). The Free Times asked the council to provide specific details of the nature and types of expenses and compensation referred to in the annual report but no response was received by time of printing this week. ●
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Mayor Tracy Dobie (left) and Deputy Mayor Jo McNally. accept the pay rise - applying from 1 July - or as was stated in the meeting agenda to "redirect the funds generated from the increase to another operational budget activity". During the meeting and since councillors have made reference to an earlier council decision removing their ability to claim expenses such as council-related travel and meals, with some saying annual expenses could be anywhere from $8000 to $20,000, including costs such as travel to and registration at conferences and official engagements and meals. But it is understood that any expenses incurred by councillors in an official representative capacity could be legitimately claimed as part of their annual personal tax return, as is the case with other work-related
Perhaps of more concern to ratepayers than the councillors' pay rise are amounts of money paid last financial year by the council to family members of senior managers, and "compensation" paid to "key management personnel". The 2016-2017 council annual report shows an amount of $472,000 listed as having been paid to "close family members of key management personnel". This was followed by a statement which reads "All close family members of key management personnel were employed through an arm's length process. They are paid in accordance with the Award for the job they perform. The Council employs 336 employees of which 8 are close family members of key management personnel." The report then details the “compensation to Key Management Personnel”, stating such personnel “are people who have authority and responsibility for planning, directing and controlling the activities of the entity, either directly or indirectly. For the purposes of the Related Party Policy and these
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The Press Council has considered whether its Standards of Practice were breached by a print article published in the Southern Free Times headed "Very near tragedy" on 23 March 2017. The article concerned a man who was "reported missing" and later "found by State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers in dense bushland ... having spent the night at the location". It reported the publication understood that "the man inflicted self-harm in an apparent suicide attempt and at some point fell from a height after wandering into the bush ... " It further reported he had "told his partner on Friday morning he was leaving for work as usual but he failed to show up, with work colleagues and his partner becoming concerned for his welfare when he was uncontactable during the morning and around lunchtime". It then reported that his "condition was unknown at the time of printing and family members declined to comment". The rest of the article questioned whether the incident was associated with the man's employment, and whether "[his] behaviour may have been prompted by work-related stress stemming from the current workplace culture ... " The Council recognised there can be substantial public benefit in reporting on suicide, and in this instance accepted the publication was well-intentioned. However, as the complainant's sister expressly asked the publication not to report on the incident, there was no clear and informed consent from the man's family. In such circumstances, the public interest had to be strong enough to report the incident as
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a suicide attempt notwithstanding the lack of consent. The Council considered the public interest here did not extend to reporting on this individual instance in as explicit a manner as occurred. Accordingly, the Council concluded that the publication breached Suicide Standard 3 in this respect. The publication did not identify the man, at least not by name, complying with the complainant's sister's request in this respect. Accordingly, the Council concluded that the publication did not breach Suicide Standard 4. The Council also considered that the publication did not sensationalise, glamorise, trivialise or stigmatise suicide in the article. Accordingly, the Council concluded that the publication did not breach Suicide Standard 6. Nor was the article published with undue prominence or unnecessarily explicit headlines or images, but rather the publication exercised sensitivity and moderation in electing not to report on the incident on the front page or online. Accordingly, the Council concluded that the publication did not breach Suicide Standard 7. For the full Adjudication, see: http://www. presscouncil.org.au/document-search/adj1734. Note: If you or someone close to you requires personal assistance, please contact Lifeline Australia on 13 11 14. ●
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The theatrical year commences with the return of 'Our Own Guys and Dolls', performing songs from the shows and popular ballads. This year we feature inspirational songs, and it will be another red carpet affair, so wear your best bling and join us on March 24 and 25. Lyle Kirkegaard will be celebrating the 100 years end to the First Great War by singing some Vera Lynn songs. Pauline Leigh has purchased a beautiful new gold dress to recreate Shirley Bassey on stage. Ross Johnson and Christine Glockner have come together to sing, 'Islands in the Stream' and 'A Couple of Swells'. The whole cast will perform songs from 'My Fair Lady' and get the audience to join them in some great Aussie songs. Morwenna Harslett is playing classical music on her violin. Jeremy Greening and Holly Brunckhorst also join the cast this year, along with John McKay and David Hall. This is a snippet to give you a taste of the experience we are bringing to the stage for you. Peter Watters has returned as our host. In mid-May, we pay tribute to Jack Boucher and Agnes Boucher/McKechnie by staging the Neil Simon comedy, 'Barefoot in the Park'. Jack and Agnes first produced it in 1969 at the Civic Centre. The play
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HATS OFF TO HELPER I should have spoken earlier - to the person or persons, who found and fixed my "Lions Hearing Dog" cap to a tree near the river path, please except my sincere thanks. I was born almost deaf in 1940 and Hank and I are in good health. He's my assistance dog at home for smoke alarms, door knocks and chimes and phone ringing. Craig and Hank spotted the cap last week. Craig and 'Hank' Warwick
DAM INSPIRED I would like to offer a couple of practical alternatives to Emu Swamp Dam based on a lifetime of experience with farming and irrigation. First of all we have 10,000 ML located to the district for a dam however there is nothing stopping the allocated water being split up and several Dams or Weirs being built, as close as possible to where the water is needed this would cut all the associated infrastructure costs and reduce pumping costs, pumping is one of the major costs to irrigators. The drawback with this suggestion is as with Emu Swamp Dam all the irrigation water in the district will be regulated with all its implications e.g. water metres on all pumps.
In their final report G.H.D. pointed out that the cheapest water to irrigators is from a farm Dam however overland flows can't be legally captured to get around this, give individual farmers a portion of the 10,000 Mgl allocated to the district, this would allow the farmers to dam overland flows, this to me is the most practical solution to the problem, at no cost to the tax payer. John Salata Glen Aplin
MAKE THE BREAK I agree with the supporters for de-amalgamation from the Southern Downs Regional Council, but disagree that Stanthorpe would be worse off as the Mayor said. SDRC has diverse ways of separating rate payers from their money, and the tactics are unfair and defy logic. Folks from all over the SDRC should be complaining loud and long. Before amalgamation Stanthorpe Council had money in the bank. Consider farmers, they're frugal people who wisely accumulate from not overspending and save by not going on overseas junkets. Any farmer that has a 1927 D4 Caterpillar tractor can tell you that his tractor is still going strong and parts are available on the shelf. Lots of machinery with regular maintenance will last a lifetime. Saving is easy when buying machinery every 20 years instead of at five or ten years. Why is council supporting large manufacturers instead of SDRC rate payers? One machine can cost over a million dollars, extending its life could save millions. Two directors alone cost $700,000 per year. Why are they needed? Council isn't listed on the stock market and there's no need to impress
shareholders with dividends. Council needs to stop wastefully spending money and give blue collar workers more responsibility. Council needs to budget like farmers have to otherwise de-amalgamation will happen despite pleadings of the SDRC's entrenched bureaucracy. Jay Nauss Glen Aplin
THUMBS UP THUMBS DOWN Thumbs up ... To the Warwick Police - they banged on my door at 12.30am the other night while doing patrols in my part of town to advise that the LED lights on my son's ute were on and that the keys were in the ignition. While I got quite a fright to see the police at the door at that time of night I applaud them for their pro-active approach to crime prevention. Remember to secure your vehicles when at home!
Thumbs down ... To some Woolworths Warwick staff members for not showing consideration to elderly customers. Thumbs Up Thumbs Down is your chance to have your say. Malicious or defamatory submissions will not be accepted. All submissions must include a full name address and daytime phone number. Contributions over the phone will not be accepted. Contributors will not be identified. The Gazette reserves the right to edit submissions. To submit a Thumbs Up Thumbs Down email to email@example.com fax to 5945 0777 or post to P.O. Box 9 Pakenham 3810.
I was a meat-eater for many years before I decided to go vegan. I had a lot of different excuses I told myself: I "needed" meat (I didn't), I was superior to animals (in some capacities but not others), the animals I was eating had a good life and were humanely slaughtered (what an oxymoron), plants feel pain (oh, please). But I was never "proud" of eating meat, like Jeremy Sollars ("We're a State of proud carnivores", 15 Feb). Australians stated very clearly in a Newspoll survey a few years ago that they opposed unnecessary cruelty to animals - by 99 percent to 1. And there can be no doubt that confining and killing defenceless animals for their flesh is unnecessary cruelty. When they are still young, many cows are burned with hot irons (branded), their horns are cut or burned off and males have their testicles ripped out of their scrotums (castrated) - without painkillers. At the slaughterhouse, they are shot in the head with a captive-bolt gun, hung up by one leg and taken onto the killing floor, where their throats are cut and they are skinned and gutted. Some cows, who have been improperly stunned, remain fully conscious throughout the entire unimaginably agonising process. Gentle lambs are crammed onto trucks and transported for up to 48 hours with no access to food or water. A study published by the CSIRO found that up to 50 percent of lambs suffer from dehydration by the time they arrive at the abattoir. Piglets are castrated and have their tails and parts of their teeth chopped o? without as much as an aspirin to ease the pain. At the slaughterhouse, many pigs, who are just as smart and so-
cial as the dogs many of us consider to be part of our families, are still conscious when they have their throats cut and are dumped into scalding-hot water. Is this anything to be proud of? Yours faithfully Desmond Bellamy Special Projects Coordinator PETA Australia
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A SHOUT-OUT FOR TRANSPARENCY
Stanthorpe resident Amanda Harrold recently addressed a Queensland Local Government Reform Alliance Public Forum. Here's what she had to say ... I often hear people lamenting - there is no transparency in local government! I look at it in another way, I think my council is very transparent because I can see straight through them. I can see straight through their social media policy which states: "Council staff, their spouses and close relatives should refrain from providing personal public comment on council operations, policy or decisions including on social media". This policy has no legal standing, and when we asked the CEO, what constitutes close relatives, his response was: Wife, father, brother, step-brother, daughters, grandfather, step-father, de facto wife, mother, sister, step sister, sons, grandmother, step daughters, husband, father in law, half-brother, brother in law, son in law, grandchildren, step son, de facto husband, mother in law, half sister, sister in law, daughter in law and stepmother. So that basically equates to the majority of the Southern Downs. I can see straight through their new "Staff Confidentiality Agreement" which one union has labelled as "Over and above the existing statutory obligation and a pointless waste of time and money, why double up on existing
statutory and contractual obligations unless you are over-sensitive about staff leaking information". I can see straight through the Mayor's new Cyber-bullying campaign following the tragic death of Dolly Everett who was a border at a Southern Downs School. The Mayor has compared how she has been targeted and bullied on social media to this very tragic event. However, last year when claims regarding bullying were reported on within council the Mayor was quoted as saying, "It is disappointing that a small minority of employees consider it appropriate to pull out the "bullying card" when they are asked to do their job". I can see straight through council's recommendation to the ombudsman "council believes that consideration should be given to applying a fee ($500.00) with complaints. This fee should be refundable if the complaint is sustained. It is envisaged that this may decrease the number of vexatious complaints that are submitted."
I can see straight through the Invasive Pest Control Scheme and council's refute that "it is not a cash grab"! Yet in the policy presented to council it clearly states that potential revenue raised if 10% defaulted would be $385,320.88, if 20% defaulted it would be $770,641.77 and if 30% defaulted $1,155,962.65. Residents on the Southern Downs can rest easy now due to the rollout of Axon body wearing cameras - "which is in keeping with SDRC'S ongoing commitment to the safety and compliance of its staff. The initiative ensures we are equipping our Local Laws and compliance officers with the correct tools to be able to perform their duties as efficiently and safely as possible, as well as any other staff who may be undertaking inspections under various regulations and acts. Footage of all officer interactions with the public would be recorded but only viewed if deemed necessary. The new system ensures organisational accountability, provides data and improved compliance and also ensures evidence is available where investigations are undertaken. The technology means council has the capacity to investigate complaints made against field officers with clear evidence of what occurred." One of the local government principals is to provide "transparent & effective processes and decision-making in the public interest". Well, if you look at it the same way I do, they got the transparent part right because when we all look closely we can all see straight through them. SOMETHING WRONG WITH LOCAL GOVERNANCE MODEL - NEEDS URGENT REVIEW ●
A killer who smothered a mother-of-three to death at Goondiwindi in 2014 has appealed his conviction. Robert Trebeck was found guilty of murdering mother-of-three Alexis Jeffery during a night out. Ms Jeffery’s body was found partially clothed on the banks of the Macintyre River. The 24-year-old had been smothered to death with a pair of jeans. Trebeck’s legal team appealed his conviction last week in the Queensland Court of Appeal on the grounds the trial judge did not give the jury specific enough directions before it retired to consider its verdict. Defence barrister Saul Holt QC described the directions as “extraordinarily generic“ and said the jury had not been properly instructed to consider a lesser conviction for manslaughter. The judges have reserved their decision and no date has yet been set for it to be handed down.
WILD DOG WORKSHOP Next Wednesday 14 March the Southern Downs Regional Council in conjunction with Granite Borders Landcare Committee will host a wild dog planning and trapping workshop from 9am to 3pm at the Goomburra Hall at 17 Inverramsay Road. On Thursday 15 March the same workshop will be held at the Karara Hall from 9am to 3pm. Please RSVP to Mandy Craig, Granite Borders Landcare, Tenterfield, on (02) 67 363 500 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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Australian botanist Leslie R Kerr in 1924. The beautiful Carbeen grows in an area from Narrabri north through Charleville and right up the Cape York Peninsula. Locally I have seen them out in the Goomburra area. It is, in fact, the most northerly growing eucalypt with a specimen growing near the tip of the cape. I have read of them being described as an ideal street tree. Given the height to which they can grow I have my doubts on that, especially if they were anywhere near overhead power lines. The largest lignotuber in Australia is probably a Red Bloodwood tree known as
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"Old Bottle Butt" growing near Wauchope in NSW. The lignotuber on this tree is about 2.5 metres high and 16.3 metres in circumference at chest height. They are not unique to Australian trees as the huge Californian redwoods also have them as do trees in many other areas of the globe. In 1977, during a wild storm in California, a lignotuber was washed into Blue Lagoon near Eureka. It was about 12.5 metres in diameter, approximately half as high and was estimated to weigh an amazing 476.3 tonnes! Don't forget the bus trip to Doomben to the Queensland Garden Expo next Friday
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The hot weather decimated my vegetable garden and very few watermelons were enjoyed! Rockmelons were a different story with lots being picked, enjoyed and shared with friends. The flavour of fresh melons straight from the garden is really delightful. They are still thriving and setting fruit, so obviously this garden is in a position that suits them admirably. The cucumbers have been spectacular and many have been shared around. Large quantities of cucumber and pineapple pickles made and shared also. Something different and delightful with cold meats or as a dip. The prickly cucumbers that I experimented with are growing well but haven't set much fruit as yet. The extreme weather even ruined my climbing beans and the only tomatoes to continue producing are the tiny yellow low acid ones. I do have bok choy and wombok coming on well however and the passionfruit and grape vines are flourishing. The cooler cloudy days and some rain have been very beneficial and given new life to lawns, gardens and gardeners! ●
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In a previous column I described a tree I admire, the lignotuberous Carbeen, more commonly known as the Morton Bay Ash, and had found some fascinating facts regarding this spectacular tree. I reported that a lignotuber is a growth around the base of the tree. On further investigation I found that these growths can be either above or below the ground. They are most common on trees that are in areas prone to fire and drought and are nature's way of protecting the trees and ensuring they survive hard times. Among the many Australian trees possessing lignotubers is the Western Australian Jarrah and they can be up to 10 feet wide and three feet deep! Many other eucalypts, varieties of Mallee and banksias also have these lifesaving growths. I am a great admirer of Jarrah as a furniture timber and have seen many beautiful pieces made from it. As with red cedar on the east coast, it was used extensively for building and, similarly, there are now few stands of old growth Jarrah to be seen in WA. It is grown as a plantation timber however, and on one occasion when flooring was needed it was the cheapest and best timber available, so there is a large modern wool shed and ram selling complex in the New England area with a spectacular Jarrah shearing board and wool room floor! It was also, for many years, used for railway sleepers as it is such a hard, durable and pest resistant timber. The term "lignotuber" was coined by
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SIMPLY A DELIGHT TO INSPECT! THIS property located in Applethorpe, a short 10 minute drive North of Stanthorpe, is a delight to inspect and a pleasure to offer for sale. Set on a private 22 hectare parcel of land offering a blend of open pastures and beautiful granite country. Fenced into 4 main paddocks, this property is just ideal for horses, cattle, sheep and other livestock. Water is supplied from 4 dams and a fire fighter pump and pipe line is used to supply garden water to the house area. This fully renovated 4 bedroom (or 3 plus office) home is worthy of any inspection with near new and modern kitchen with plenty of storage space, gas cook top and double oven. Spacious dining area opening onto front patio area. All bedrooms are built in and very well presented. Main bathroom has also undergone a major face-lift with extra large shower and spa bath. An extra shower and toilet are located in the huge laundry area. Heating is supplied from a wood fired heater plus 3 split system air conditioners. Property is listed for sale at $498,000 with genuine inspections invited. ●
HOME ESSENTIALS Address: 146 Barnes Road, Applethorpe Price: $489,000 Description: 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 6 garage Inspect: By appointment Contact: David Schnitzerling on 0418 717 979
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For sale by Auction over 350 Lots Husqvarna LTH2142DR ride on mower, Polaris Quad Bike, Honda Qaud bike, 4wd farm truck, Honda rotary tiller, Meat ban saw, timber ban saw, Hardi 600 litre weed sprayer c/w honda motor and boom, Large qty new bolts and fasteners, large qty new leather work gloves, large qty hand tools, large qty garden tools, oxy set, qty gate hinges, 3 farm gates, 3 hay feeders, qty electric fence insulators, 2 anvils, cream separator, Single stand crutching plant with villers motor, Sunbeam shearing plant with hand piece, lamb marking cradle, pasture harrows, 15hp Johnson outboard, wood lathe, router work bench, 6" x 9" belt and disc sander, Triton work bench, new cut off saw, 2 Kubota tractor wheels, carryall, 7 tyne cultivator, 3 tyne ripper, aeg 2400 generator, tandem farm trailer, hay mower, 3 pty fertilizer spreader, qty guttering, qty roofing iron, Electric push bike, antique Mahogany furniture, Silky oak furniture, dining tables, assorted antiques, chest freezer, 2 refrigerators, large amount furniture and collectables.
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Five factors included in an appraisal: · Location and market conditions: How well is your suburb performing? Your agent should have data to support their claim about how much the median house price of your area is growing. REIQ agents have free access to CoreLogic data via our quarterly report, the Queensland Market Monitor. · Recent similar sales: The agent you choose should be an expert in your suburb and should be able to talk about similar homes that have sold recently (within the past three months) and the prices achieved. · Maintenance and renovations: How much work have you done on the property?
How old is the kitchen and the bathroom? What is the front of the property like? Does it have good kerb appeal? These are factors that go into the appraisal figure. · Supply vs demand: Your agent should also be confident talking about supply and demand in your area. Does the agent have a list of buyers waiting for a similar property to yours? · Amenity: Are you near schools, shops, or public transport? Do you have a pleasant outlook? Is it a quiet street? These are not the only factors that are part of the appraisal but they make up a significant part of how the figure is arrived at. When you are talking with your agent, do they speak confidently and calmly about the figure they are presenting? These are signals that your agent is confident in the accuracy of your appraisal. ● - Real Estate Institute of Qld
13 Tecoma Street, Killarney DUMIGAN HOUSE Dumigan House arrived in Killarney in 1890 on the back of a horse and dray coming all the way from Stanthorpe. Now located at 13 Tecoma Street this beautifully restored home is a credit to the current owners. With sweeping verandas on 3 sides you will enjoy taking in the lovely views of Killarney and surrounding rural country side. This home sits on a large 4559sqm block giving you plenty of room for a horse or some chickens. •2baygarage •3bedroomsallwithbuilt-ins •Rainwatertanks •Largekitchen/dining •Separatetoilet •Insidelaundry •Bathroom •Loungeroomwithwoodheater •Frenchdoorsinmostroomsleadingoutontotheverandas
When you start thinking about selling your property one of the factors that go into that decision-making process is how much you could get for your property. A market appraisal from a real estate agent will help you understand where the market is and what you could potentially sell your property for. However, there are a range of factors that go into a market appraisal and a key concern for consumers is that the appraisal figure provided by the agent is not overinflated. This is called "buying the listing" - when an agent tells you that your property could fetch more than it realistically could. How can you be sure your agent is giving you an accurate figure? Talk to them about the factors that went into their appraisal. They should be able to clearly demonstrate the reasons they have arrived at the figure they have.
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BRAND NEW HOMES FROM $350,000 BRAND NEW DUPLEX PAIRS FROM $466,000 Prices are on the rise now that Warwick has made it into the Top 5 Qld Regional Hotspots. The $20,000 First Home Buyers Grant has been extended to 30th June 2018. Now is the time to buy your first home, upgrade to your next home, start or expand your existing property portfolio. Ideally located in prestigeous Rosenthal Heights, just 3.5 klm from Warwick’s CBD - investment into this boutique estate is a limited opportunity with just 66 lots offering modern family living close to all conveniences. Orchard Grove’s first Stage is now 42% sold out. The final 2 stages are not due to be released until end of 2018 with prices being set to match the rising market.
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WHAT’S ON BUNYA FESTIVAL A CULTURAL CELEBRATION Waringh Waringh means 'cold place' in Githabul and people from the Warwick area used to travel to the big gathering in the Bunya Mountains when the bunya nuts were present in sufficient quantity to provide the catering for a crowd. Here they met with hundreds of others from hundreds of kilometres around from Bundaberg, Lismore, Goondiwindi and the Coast. The Bunya Festival being held on a property at Maryvale in March is a re-construction of aspects of this traditional gathering. Organisers say it is a great family day, on-country, with music, dance, stories and good food. But it also has a more serious side. There are suggestions about how we might improve recognition of Aboriginal people's cultures, there are discussions about current injustices and there is a meeting of Aboriginal people and the rest of us who sometimes persist in colonial attitudes. "Here they camped, met others, and socialised, even though they spoke many different languages," event spokesman David Parsons said. "They exchanged goods, they met every night for a dance festival, and the elders discussed questions of governance and justice. "The young ones kept an eye out for
David Parsons, Mandy Bahr, Diana Pratt, Melissa and Willow Chalmers, Brenda Parsons and Morgan and Delphine Charles are organsing this year’s Bunya Festival at Maryvale this weekend, Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 March. potential marriage partners, the young men had competitions around spear and boomerang skills. "The story of the Bunya Festival is one of the great stories of Aboriginal life." Warwick group Waringh Waringh is holding this re-construction of the Bunya Festival at Maryvale this weekend at 49
Mailman's Road, North Branch. Everyone is welcome. Saturday will be a family day with music, food, sharing, native animals, kid's fun and more. Come and taste some Bunya nut recipes. Sunday will be a day 'on country' with Firesticks coordinator Bundjalung man Oliver Costello and Anmatyerre woman Sharman
Parsons passing on their knowledge of caring for the land and its spiritual values sometimes known as Tjukurrpa. More information - Brenda and David Parsons, 0459 655 648, brendadavid@ skymesh.com.au or Facebook 'Waringh Waringh Bunya Festival' or 'Cicada Woman'. ●
DRAGFEST SET TO ROAR THIS WEEKEND This weekend Warwick Dragway at Morgan Park presents the JP Racing Dragfest Number One, with a great line-up of Blown Outlaws - supercharged, full on race cars and open vehicles, Quick ET all open vehicle dragsters and altered. The event also includes Extreme Sedans, Fast Street, Street, Bikes, Nostalgia pre-78, radials and Young Guns - juniors in their half-scale dragsters. A good field of local drivers will compete against travellers from Victoria, Sydney, Gold Coast, Toowoomba, Brisbane, St George and Townsville. Action is from 10am Saturday and racing from 10am Sunday, and Sunday will also feature the Shannon's Show 'n Shine. Admission for spectators is $15, kids under 13 are free. Full canteen operating all weekend.●
Big weekend of drag racing at Morgan Park's Warwick Dragway.
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Lazy Sunday Afternoon will be on Sunday 11 March at Freestone Hall from 12 noon till late. Live music, prawns and beer. Call 4666 1672 for more info.
FRIDAY 16 MARCH Queensland Garden Expo bus trip to Doomben Racecourse will be on Friday 16 March, bus leaving Crisps Transit Centre, Grafton Street at 8am sharp. Tickets available from Danny Lyons, Palmerin Street, Warwick, ticket includes bus trip, morning tea and entry into Expo. Contact 0488 470 706.
SUNDAY 18 MARCH Warwick Singles Social Club Over 50s will meet on Sunday 18 March at the Lavender Farm, Liston for lunch, rsvp required by Saturday 10 March, set lunch, 2 course for $20 p/p, special diets possible. Contact warwickssc@ gmail.com. or Jen on 0400 505 943
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TUESDAY 20 MARCH National Seniors trip to Texas will be on Tuesday 20 March departing 8am. Visitations will be at Historical Rabbit Museum, Heritage Centre and lunch at Stockman Hotel. Book now until Tuesday 13 March. Morning tea, lunch, visitations and travel all inclusive. Information phone Carmel on 4661 3136 or 0439 749 602.
The Freestone State School Parents and Citizens Association will hold their annual Trivia Night major fundraiser on Saturday 17 March. It's an event for all ages and promises to be a head-scratching night full of fun and frivolity, with all proceeds benefiting Freestone State School. Test your knowledge at the Freestone Memorial Hall, with the doors opening from 6.30pm for a 7pm start.
WEDNESDAY 21 MARCH Warwick VIEW Club lunch meeting will be on Wednesday 21 March at the Warwick Golf Club from 11am. VIEW Club supports the work of the Smith Family in assisting disadvantaged Australian Children. Contact Michele on 4661
5339 or Dulcie on 4661 8319.
SATURDAY 21 APRIL The Reopening of the Swanfels Shed
Tickets can be purchased in advance - book a table of eight to 10. Tickets are just $10 per person, which includes a light supper, with a full bar operating on the night. There will be heaps of multi-draw raffle prizes and a fundraising auction, and lucky door prizes and more. To book your table call Karen on 0437 635 133. ● will be on Saturday 21 April. For more information contact Jenny on 0407 613 837 or Milton on 4664 8155.
The Southern Free Times 2018 wedding guide 'Southern Bells' hit the streets recently - and it's packed with wonderful ideas for those planning their perfect day. The full gloss publication last year proved a big hit with all those planning to tie the knot, and the 2018 'Southern Bells' has been just as well-received. We'd like to thank all of the local advertisers who supported 'Southern Bells' this year - and if you haven't already got your copy you can pick one up at any of these businesses listed below, or from the Free Times office at 6/70 Fitzroy Street (near Warwick Industrial Supplies). Thanks to ... · Weddings & Events Warwick · Enchanted Images by Nicci · Erica Bailey · Granite Belt Brewery Retreat · Donna's Beauty Loft · Little Kimmy's · Cherrabah Resort · Little Cake Lane · Chanie's Lush Hair · C' Horse and Carriage Hire · DD Event Hire · Labooshi · Tonnes-A-Treats · Beauty Gets Nailed · Varias Restaurant & Function Centre · Grovely House Bed & Breakfast · Clippers Bar & Grill · Story Book Cakes · Hire Solutions ●
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WILL ALF PLAN THE BUCKâ€™S PARTY? After much ado the 2018 footy season is upon us. There will plenty of interest when Dragons run out at Jubilee against the Broncos and it won't be surrounding the pending Wayne Bennet nuptials although I think someone is running a book on whether Alf Langer will host the buck's night but that is a whole different story. 2018 is a whole new ball game all sides not just the Broncos and Dragons. DRAGONS Of course the elephant in the room in the season opener is sure to be the performance of Ben Hunt who defected to the Dragons for plenty of the folding stuff. Dragons supporters will be looking for big things from not only Hunt but their other key signing in prop James Graham. It is well recorded that last season the Dragons lost a number of close games. If they can turn those stats around this season they will be thereabouts when the whips are cracking. A major loss in the end of season shake up was Josh Dugan and the Dragons lose some grunt without Russell Packer now a Tiger. BRONCOS The Broncos line up looks solid if not spectacular as the season get underway. Jack Bird was perhaps their strongest signing but won't be seen for at least another four weeks. With the controversy swirling around Matt Lodge he will be hoping his performances silence the critics. 2018 is the Broncos 30th anniversary and they will be keen to add a seventh premiership to their tally. For that to happen Kodi Nikorima must step up and own the No7 jersey. Anthony Milford also needs to find a high level of consistency. The loss of Hunt could be telling but they have also lost some promising youngsters and warrior Adam Blair. Kev Walters returns to the coaching stable. Sam Thaiday would like to finish his career with a premiership and captain Darius Boyd is talking up their chances. The wily old fox, Bennett is saying little. Dismiss the Bronco at your peril. COWBOYS Friday night the Cowboys kick off JT's swansong when they host the Sharks in Townsville. The Cowboys are already firming in the betting as favourites to go one better in season 2018 after going down to Melbourne in the grand final sans Thurston and co-captain Matt Scott. The return of these two champions of the game is some boost to an already top side. The Cowboys big signing in more ways than one is Jordan McLean. They too have lost some significant youngsters in Patrick Kafusi and Kayln Ponga and a couple of stalwarts have retired. Another grand final golden point field goal to put the icing on JT's career? Who knows, it all starts here. SHARKS The Sharks line up will look very different in 2018 although Gallen and Wade Graham will still be at the helm. The arrival of Matt Moylan, Josh Dugan, Aaron Gray, Trent Hodkinson and others have given Sharks fans a taste for blood. A big loss however is Jack Bird who has flown the coop and headed north. They will also to miss journeyman James Maloney and Chris Heighton. Well in the mix to make the eight or better again. KNIGHTS The Knights host the Sea Eagles in r interesting Friday night clash. Newcastle finished as cellar dwellers last season but showed plenty of ticker in their 22 SOUTHERN FREE TIMES
A group of the Toowoomba contingent of gateball players who joined the Stanthorpe crew on Friday pictured enjoying a break from play. rebuilding stage. They have recruited well but a big loss will be Dane Gagai one of the best players in 2017. Knights fans are hoping their big coup will be the signing of Mitchell Pearce. He will be joined by former Cowboys Kayln Ponga and Tatau Moga. Broncos Herman Ese'ese will be joined by former Chooks Aiden Guerra and Connor Watson. Nathan Brown has plenty of cattle to work with in 2018 and fans will be hoping to see some rewards - not on my wooden spoon list this year. SEA EAGLES The Sea Eagles appear to have flown under the radar in the preseason and coach Tent Barrett is no doubt happy to have the blow torch turned down. The brothers Trbojevic and Daly cherry Evans look key to their chances in 2018. They will be keen to get off to a winning start in Newcastle but a walk in the park it will not be. Expect Manly to take their place in the eight again. There is much to look forward to this season with three games schedules for most Saturdays. The Tigers and Roosters kick things off at ANZ. ROOSTERS Saturday we see the much anticipated debut for Cooper Cronk in the tri colours and the heat is on not just Cronk but also fellow import James Tedesco who is coming up against his former club. Although many Roosters fans will be rueing the loss of Mitchell Pearce and others the Rooster roster looks red hot on paper. Unfortunately that is not where you win games. The work ethic of Cronk is sure to be a positive at the club and they should be a force to be reckoned with. If they are not in your top four they should be thereabouts. TIGERS What of the Tigers. Every season at this time they promise us much but so often fail to deliver. The loss of Tedesco will leave a big void and Aaron Woods and Moses are sure to be missed. There are plenty of changes in their roster but not all bad news. Benji Marshall showed last season at the Broncos he still has what it takes and returns to his spiritual home to wrap up his career. Russell Packer, Josh Reynolds, Chris Lawrence and Elijah Taylor will all make a
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Rosewool Redbacks pictured during a recent game at Slade will hope the catches stick this weekend when they go head to head with Wheatvale, vying for a place in the Condamine Cup grand final against Maryvale. positive impact. A big job for coach Ivan Cleary to turn this mob around. Maybe we will see a change of culture in 2018. They should finish dwelling around the bottom of the eight but the Roosters look too strong on Saturday RABBITOHS The Rabbitohs and Warriors are two of the more interesting teams this season for different reasons. They open 2018 with a road trip to Optus Stadium in Perth. The Bunnies are somewhat of a query this season after a lacklustre 2017. Of course they welcome back from injury Captain and superstar Greg Inglis. To say he was missed last year is an understatement. There are several new faces in the hutch. Dane Gagai showed his versatility and ability in Origin, Tests and the World Cup in 2017. There are several other interesting signings including Vince Leuluai of course there are several who have moved on from the hutch. A new coach at the helm, Anthony Seibold comes with great credentials. Earning his coaching wheels under the likes of Bennett, Bellamy, Sheen and Kev Walters. If you can't learn from that lot you are in trouble. Expect to see a sharper more close knit Bunnies outfit off and on the field as the Rabbitohs go about rebuilding. WARRIORS Oh, the Warriors. The eternal promise that never seems to deliver no matter is signed in the off season. Coach Steve Kearney must be skating on thin ice if this team doesn't pull some wins out of the coals
this season. They have signed Tohu Harris, Gerard Beale and Adam Blair returns home as well as several others. If they are to be a force, the Warriors playmaker Shaun Johnson must have an injury free season. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck has been disappointing since crossing the ditch and must step up. Hard to see them in the eight. This weekend the Bunnies who seem to have a liking for Perth should hop away with some points. BULLDOGS Perhaps the club that has undergone the most change since last season is the Bulldogs. While there are plenty of changes to thee playing roster there have been interesting ructions in the front office with a change of Board signalling a return to the values the Doggies have been so famous for championing. Former Bulldog Dean Pay has been entrusted the coaching role after the Hasler debacle. There has been plenty of player movement as the club looks to rebuild and it will be interesting to see how this team develops during the season with the likes of Foran and Woods among their numbers. They will be howling in Belmore if they miss the eight but the coach warns they are in a rebuilding phase. This weekend there will be plenty emotion flowing as they take on the premiers in the second of a double headers in Perth after the death of former player and coach Steve Folks. freetimes.com.au
MELBOURNE Melbourne step out as reigning premiers. They showed there will be life after Cooper Cronk with a win in the World Club Challenge but his loss cannot be underestimated. The loss of Jordan McLean leaves a big hole but enter Sam Kasiano. The former Bulldog looks to be half the size he was in previous seasons and it will be interesting to watch his journey under coach Bellamy. A worry for the Storm fans is the recent injury to Billy Slater's shoulder. He will not play in the season opener and hopefully this is just precautionary. Back to back premierships are tough but if there is a club that can emulate Brisbane's heroics in 92-93 you would think it would be Melbourne. Unless the wheels fall off sometime during the season they will be top four again and should account for the Doggies in Round one but expect a tough one. Two games on Sunday wrap up round one. The Panthers and Eels do battle at Penrith stadium while the Titans and Raiders will play at CBUS. PANTHERS From the outside looking in there seems to be some turmoil at the Panthers. It all began with Moylan's bizarre failure to play in the semis last season and followed with the announcement the Captain was signing with the Sharks and a procession of players has followed him out the door. Although there have been a couple of notable gains including James Maloney there is obvious unrest despite club and coach denying any problems. Normally a true sign of trouble. A reasonably good playing roster again in 2018 could be derailed by trouble in the camp. The Panthers seem to find their way into the top eight each year and are not the longest price to figure in the final. Not too sure if they can go that far. EELS The Hayne plane has made its long awaited landing in Parramatta and the prodigal son has returned. Whether that turns in to a positive is something we will all be watching and waiting for. The loss of Semi Radrada is sure to have an impact on their tries scored stat. Brad Arthur will be looking for Corey Norman to step up and fulfil the promise he shows
along with halves partner Mitchell Moses. It's been tough to be an Eels fan in recent years and they will be looking for a break in the drought this season. There may be a sprinkling of wins but can't see them at the big dance. TITANS Titans fans happily waved the Hayne plane off the Gold Coast runway will no doubt be reminding him of a few things when he fronts up this season as an Eel. Garth Brennan has the gig as coach and will be looking for much more support from players than his predecessor enjoyed. The Titans have recruited well and have some interesting additions to their roster including Jai Arrow, Bryce Cartwright and Michael Gordon. They have a quality pack and have plenty of potential. Don't expect them to be the easy beats this season. They might not make the eight but might cause tipsters headaches this season. RAIDERS The Raiders are one of those teams we all expect exciting things from at the start of the season. In 2017 they went on an amazing run to finish the season in second spot but faltered whether whips got cracking. The Raiders have their share of player changes this season but the injury to Josh Hodgson is a big blow. He will miss much of the season and a big load falls on the shoulders of Aidan Seizer and Blake Austin one of their best. It will be a tough season for the Raiders but they wouldn't do it any other way and no doubt will be there somewhere in the eight. This weekend however they may find the Titans have a little more to prove. Happy tipping in 2018 WARWICK CLEAN UP IN MITCHELL SHIELD FINAL Warwick made it a clean sweep of 2018 Rep cricket season on Sunday with a win over Lockyer the Mitchell Shield. It is five years since Warwick last won the Mitchell Shield. Jason Steketee captained the well balanced side that included a good cross section of the best players in the Warwick competition including Carter Bilbrough, Michael Bourke, Pat Bourke, tom Bourke, Jack Breen, Will Gordon, Jacob Gross, Lachy Gross, Mitch Darton and Andrew
McConnell Batting first in the final played at Mulgowie, Warwick set Lockyer a 176 run target. Carter Bilbrough was the star performer with the bat scoring 65. It was not a huge target to defend and required some good bowling and fielding from the Bulls. Lockyer got off to a fine start and at the lunch break looked to be in cruise control with the score at 1/43 from eight overs. Mitch Darton and Jacob Gross upped the ante after the break dismissing nine of the Lockyer batsmen between them. In an inspiring bowling performance Mitch Darton claimed 5/46 from his allocated 10 overs and Jacob Gross finished with 4/32 from a six over spell. Will Gordon bowled two maidens at the end of the inning to wrap up a great performance from the Warwick bowlers. Gordon was also in the thick of things in the field wrapping up the game with a direct hit to claim the scalp of last Lockyer batsman. Under attack Lockyer collapsed to be dismissed for 142 in 28 overs. There was some sharp catching from Pat Bourke behind the stumps and slipper Lachlan Gross as each took sharp chances off the bowling of Jacob. The Warwick Bulls now the hold both the Mitchell and Davis Shield. WINNING R & R FOR VOLUNTEERS Max Hunter and Shane Dullahide are two very familiar faces among a myriad of busy volunteers each and every Apple & Grape Festival. Last Thursday the pair combined for a little R & R on the golf course and won the final Apple & Grape golf competition, the two ball Ambrose. Thursday's event was sponsored by Crisps Coaches long-time supporters of the Stanthorpe Golf Club and of course the Apple and Grape Festival. The winners combined for a nett score of 64 and walked away with the apples and a few more items. The runners up Bill Pyne and Ian Harvey were just three quarters of a shot behind the winners. Whereas the apples went to the overall winning team, the grapes were awarded to the best 'ladies only' pair of Tub Ingall and Christine Hood who returned a nett score of 71.75 for the round. The players in the
winning teams also collected minor prizes, Christine Hood had the ladies long drive and 17th approach and Tub Ingall collected the pin at 12. Max 'A & G' Hunter held the pin at three and Shane Dullahide was also part of the action grabbing the pin at 17. While golf was very competitive, there were some lighter moments. Lyle Bryant blocked his way up the last hole, the 15th, but thanks to his playing partner was in position pin high but in the long grass to the left of the green. A skinny third shot that just got off the ground was headed halfway up the 6th fairway before the flag stick intervened. That little white ball jammed between the flagstick and the hole to record an easy birdie. Sinbad, aka Ian Pickering, had to do some fancy footwork at the 6th tee. After hitting a low shot into a concrete block about twenty metres ahead, the ball rebound straight back towards him. With a quick side step to the right he averted a major catastrophe before the ball rebounded off a large rock behind him forcing a quick side step to the left. After the soft shoe shuffle from Sinbad the ball came to rest a few metres from its starting point. At the 13th hole Green keeper, Bill, confessed to all that he found himself in a similar spot on the fairway during the previous event and had produced one of those wonderful shots called an air swing. After sharing this information, he carefully addressed the ball and proceeded to duplicate the previous week's shot with another outstanding air swing. But for this hiccup at 13 the overall result may have been a little different. It is some comfort to the weekend hackers that golfers can play these wonderful shots and keep backing up for more. With another A & G done and dusted the golfing action returns to regular club competition. This Saturday the prize will be the March monthly medal and putting competition sponsored by Maddie's Gift Gallery.
A fine morning for shooting last Sunday with light winds and little mirage. The good conditions led to some excellent scores being recorded, well done Dave, Margaret and Bruce. Next Sunday 11th March we will be at the 400 yard mound, sign on at 8.30am for 9.00am start, contact Margaret on 4666 1018 for details.
the jackpot, which is now worth over $140. There will also be a brief meeting of the men's section to discuss the forthcoming carnival. There will be no social bowls on Saturday 17th March, as we are holding our open fours carnival on Sunday 18th March. There will be three rounds of 16 ends, with play starting at 9.00 a.m. Lunch and afternoon tea are included. Cost is $100 per team, with nominations to be in by Sunday 11th March. Prize money will total $1000. To nominate, phone Bill Gibson on 4661 7809 or Ed Diery on 0488 400 676 or email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
CASEY'S TIPS ROUND ONE BRONCOS, KNIGHTS, COWBOYS, ROOSTERS, RABBITOHS, STORM, EELS, TITANS
AROUND THE GROUNDS WARWICK BOWLS CLUB Last Wednesday Sue & Rob Valentine and Bev & Doug Christensen held their sponsored bowls afternoon. The afternoon was very well supported by members and visitors. Results with 1 for an End plus 4 for a Win: R. Bean, D. Warr def. G. Niven, B. Black 16-9. R. Valentine, R. Smith, M. Holder def. K. Bloomfield, T. Owens, D. Christensen 15-10. R. Forbes, P. Seipelt, S. Tyter def. P. Kerr, B. Buckel, S. Valentine 18-16 (after 18 ends). D. Phillips, E. Welsh def. J. Niven, J. Johnson 17-8. B. Hansen, R. Tartan, L. Collie def. G. Kerr, A. Naylor, P. Wagner 17-8. Congratulations to Edwin Welsh's team on winning, and to the runner-up Lynn Collie's team. The Club sincerely thank Sue & Rob and Bev & Doug for their sponsorship each month. Result of social bowls on 3rd March: T. Gallagher, R. Forbes tied with B. Buckel, John and I. Fordyce 14 all. Nominations for A Grade Singles is now open, and closes the Saturday 10th March with play to begin on Sat. 17th March. Coming Events for March: Sat. 10th: Social bowls and A Grade Singles nominations close. Sun. 11th: Club sponsored day. Wed. 14th: Jack Pot bowls ($50) sponsored by Dominos Pizza. Sat. 17th: Social and A Grade Singles will commence. freetimes.com.au
Wed. 21st: K.F.C. sponsored bowls. Sat. 24th & Sun. 25th: Club Challenge at our club. Wed. 28th: Valentine's & Christensen's sponsored bowls. Sat. 31st: Social. Coming Events for April (add to your diary). Sun. 1st: April Fools sponsored bowls. Tues. 3rd: Monthly Triples. Wed. 4th: Social. Sat. 7th: Social. Sun. 8th: Burstows sponsored bowl. Wed. 11th: Dominos Jack Pot bowls. Sat. 14th: Social. Wed. 18th: K.F.C. sponsored bowls. Sat. 21st: Social. Sun. 22nd: Olsens Home Hardware sponsored bowls. Wed. 25th: Christensen's & Valentine's sponsored bowls. Sat. 28th: Churches of Christ bowls day. This will be all day bowls, details later. For all social and sponsored bowls day names must be in between 12 noon and 12.30 for play at 1.00pm or names on the notice board.
SOUTHERN DOWNS RIFLE CLUB Results for Sunday 4th March. 300 yards F Class (standard): Dave Taylor 124.12, Bruce McAllan 121.4, Daryl Reck 108.3. (open): Margaret Taylor 121.9, Clint Reck 113.1. 300 yards military rifle: Bob Tyllyer 91.
WARWICK EAST BOWLS CLUB Last Thursday was our monthly mixed triples competition, with ten teams competing. First round results are as follows: P Collis, M Wright, R Philps 15 d. G Green, M Skaines, J Cochrane 4; D Christensen, G Murphy, M Holder 14 d. B Black, D Warr, C Lawler 5; G Creighton, M Shepherd, G Assay 13 d. G Carson, J Harslett, C Johnson 6; K Mooney, D Scotney, G Davies 15 d. G Shelley, D Miller, W Lee 4; E Diery, N Hassum, D Hassum 13 d. S Butz, W Tucker, L Tucker 6. Round 2 (skips only): G Carson 14 d. G Shelley 5; E Diery 13 d. K Mooney 6; P Collis 11 d. S Butz 8; D Christensen 11 d. G Green 8; G Creighton 14 d. B Black 5. The winners were G Creighton's team. The runners-up were P Collis's team on margins over E Diery's team. There were no social bowls on Saturday because we hosted the district singles competition. We thank the markers and grounds, catering and bar staff for their assistance during this event. Mixed social bowls will be offered this coming Saturday. Play starts at 1.00 p.m., with names to be in by phoning 4661 9050 between 12.00 and 12.30. There will be the usual prizes on offer as well as a chance at taking home
CLAY TARGET CLUB Presentation of Trophies. Event 1. AA Grade, 1st: George Costanzo 50/50, 2nd Greg Watson 49/50. A Grade: 1st Robbie Smith 52/53, 2nd Tom Ham 51/53. B Grade: 1st Andrew Mauch 48/50, 2nd Dennis Harwood 49/52. C Grade: 1st Mick Lawler 47/50, 2nd Liam Walker 42/50. Event 2. AA Grade: 1st George Costanzo 75/75, 2nd Ken Stevens 71/75. A Grade: 1st Tom Ham 79/96, 2nd Tony Robinson 76/95. B Grade: 1st David Cameron 72/75, 2nd Andrew Mauch 67/75. C Grade: 1st John Zanatta 68/75, 2nd Mick Lawler 66/75. Event 3. AA: 1st John Zanatta 40/41, 2nd George Costanzo 39/40, 3rd Darryl Evans 29/30, 4th Mick Lawler 27/28.
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