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THIS WEEK WE’RE TALKING ABOUT… POPULAR HIGHWAY LANDMARK CLOSES Granite Belt tourism landmark Vincenzo's at the Big Apple at Thulimbah closed down without notice last week. A sign placed on the entrance stated that "the landlord has re-taken possession of the premises", with the closure being met with disappointment by locals and regulars from out of town. It is understood the notice went up sometime last Tuesday 8 May. The New England Highway landmark north of Stanthorpe has long been a popular stop for both tourists and locals and included a cafe and deli featuring locally-sourced produce, along with local wines and gift lines. The most recent posts on the Vincenzo's Facebook page - as recently as last Monday 7 May - refer to a planned re-branding of the business as 'The Big Apple'. The last post on the page is
somewhat cryptic, reading "One very last post! I would like to thank all our beautiful staff members for their kindness and generous spirit. It has been an amazing journey! A huge thank you to all our staff, for presenting their tip jar to a very special and dear customer who needs some help to pay medical bills. It was a truly amazing day today - thank you! See you at The Big Apple Tomorrow!" The Free Times has attempted to contact the operator of the business for comment but our numerous calls had not been returned as at time of printing this week. A number of Facebook comments on both the Vincenzo's and Free Times pages in recent days suggest that the business did not close due to financial issues, but likewise do not suggest that it will re-open.●
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COUNCILLORS TO VOTE ON SOLAR PLAN More than 100 Warwick residents turned out for a public meeting last Monday evening on a controversial solar farm plan for the Sladevale district just north of Warwick. Residents of Sladevale and nearby Mount Tabor are furious that their right to object to the proposed 154-hectare solar farm was stripped from them due to changes to the council's planning rules. Sydney-based renewable energy firm Terrain Solar applied to the Southern Downs Regional Council in January of this year for approval to install thousands of solar panels on prime cropping land off Freestone Road, bounded by Gleeson and Jensen Roads. At that time, such a proposal would have been subject to public advertisement and submissions for and against from the public, but the application was placed on hold when the council and the state government asked for more information on aspects of the project. In the meantime the council amended its planning scheme - in March - to make proposed solar farms in the region only 'code assessable', meaning they can be
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delegated to council's planning officers for approval. But Mayor Tracy Dobie told Monday night's meeting at the Warwick Town Hall she and the councillors had opted to bring the Terrain Solar application to either a general or special meeting and make the decision themselves. Concerns were raised at the meeting over the impact of the proposed 250,000 solar panels on the fertile Sladevale valley also known as Campbells Plains - including the loss of prime agricultural land and the visual impact of the panels. There are also fears over stormwater paths if contours on the subject land are removed. Council staff told the meeting if approved the solar farm would have a life of 20 to 30 years, after which the operators would be required to restore the land to its original farming state. The application will most likely be considered by councillors at a special meeting in the next few weeks, or at their June general meeting, once the State Government has completed its own assessment. ●
The Southern Downs Regional Council has received submissions from the community on its draft budget for 20182019. Mayor Tracy Dobie said earlier this month the council has $35 million in reserve and is "ready to spend". A number of budget submissions were from local clubs and organisations seeking funding for important projects. A submission from the Warwick Cowboys Rugby League Club says the club is in "desperate need" of an upgrade to its lighting system to increase its chances of attracting "higher level" games like the Queensland Intrust Super Cup and even the NRL. It also points to an application by Assumption College to host the 2021 'Confraternity Shield' at the Cowboys' Father Ranger Oval headquarters, which if successful would involving 48 schools with an average of 20 players per team hitting Warwick, noting that "a percentage" of those games would need to be played under lights. The Morgan Park User Group submitted a request for the council to consider funding the supply of raw water now available at the boundaries of the various clubs' lease areas at Morgan Park directly to their facilities, along with the underground plumbing costs. The User Group is asking for a budget
The 2018-2019 council budget is due to be signed off on Wednesday 13 June. allocation of $385,000 for these works. The User Group represents Morgan Park clubs including the Warwick Raceway and Dragway, the Warwick Polocrosse Club, Warwick Motocross and Warwick Horse Trials. Other submissions call for an upgrade to the Stanthorpe Wastewater Treatment Plant to prevent overflows. The next stage in the 2018-2019 budget process is for a report on the adoption of the final budget to be prepared by council officers, ahead of a Special Budget Meeting of councillors currently set down for Wednesday 13 June. Rates notices will be issued from Monday 2 July. ●
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Peter and Kaye Mikkelsen farm at the foot of Mount Sturt east of Warwick and say their country is the driest it's been since the mid 1960s. Cover photo - Agents David Friend and Mick Nowlan say there's no doubt the local drought situation is reaching a critical point.
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he Southern Downs and Granite Belt have once again been droughtdeclared, as local producers prepare for a grim winter ahead. Queensland Agriculture Minister Mark Furner this week announced that while a number of other council areas across the Sunshine State would have their drought declarations revoked - thanks to good summer rain - this was not the case here. With some producers to the east of Warwick - traditionally a higher-rainfall area - reporting their lowest rainfall in two decades or more, Mr Furner acknowledged that "unfortunately, not all of Queensland had welcome rain". "During the last 12 months much of southern, central and western Queensland
continued to receive below to well-below average rainfall," the minister said this week. "A lack of useful spring and summer rainfall over the last four to five years, combined with above average temperatures, continues to have a major impact in most of pastoral Queensland. "The last 12 months has also been very dry for the Southern Downs Regional Council area, which is unfortunate as better conditions the previous summer had allowed the region's drought status to be revoked. "There are significant concerns about stock, irrigation and rural domestic water supplies, and I have therefore accepted the local drought committee's recommendations to drought declare this council area." A renewed state drought declaration
for the region was last week understood to be imminent, with our Local Drought Committee (LDC) having met in late April. The LDC is made up of local producer representatives whose identities are kept confidential. The Southern Downs Regional Council wrote to the State Government earlier this year requesting the reinstatement of a local drought declaration, and calling for a review of Local Drought Committee processes and drought criteria. Previous calls for a renewed drought declaration had been rejected by the government due to the current process looking at 12 months of rainfall, with Cyclone Debbie in early 2017 having significantly skewed the local 12 month rainfall record. Drought declarations allow farmers to access state government support including
concessional loans, freight subsidies for the transport of livestock, water and fodder, land rent rebates, water fee relief, financial counselling, health care assistance and a range of federal government programs. But many in the primary production sector are calling for review and reform of drought assistance, including streamlining of paperwork and questioning the usefulness of current measures such as low-interest government loans. Up until this week's announcement 66 per cent of Queensland was droughtdeclared, but the new announcement sees this figure drop to 57 per cent, with declarations revoked for the Banana, Bundaberg, Burdekin, Charters Towers, Fraser Coast, Gympie, North Burnett, Tablelands, Townsville and Western Downs regions and part of the Mareeba council region. â—?
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Livestock agent Matthew Grayson says current cattle sale trends are speaking volumes about the weather conditions. Prices reflect situation George and Fuhrmann Warwick livestock agent Matthew Grayson told the Free Times this week cattle prices were falling significantly as producers moved to get rid of stock before they ran out of not only feed but water as well. This week's Warwick cattle sale saw another big yarding of around 1600 head, with yardings of a similar size in most recent weeks. "We're starting to see some of the pre-boom prices, which I thought we'd never see again - you've got little heifers going for $1.80 a kilo, which has just been unheard of," he said. "We've got a lot of younger cattle coming through - little calves and rough cows people are letting go of.
"It's pretty bleak given the time of year, with winter on our doorstep." Matthew said producers would "obviously welcome" any government assistance offered as a result of the new drought declaration. David Friend of Nowlan Stock and Station Agents agreed, saying a lot of his cattle clients were "selling everything", although sheep and lamb prices were "solid" for now. "There's a lot of weaners coming through - normally you'd just see people selling a run of those young cattle this time of year but some of them are just getting rid of all their stock, and we're seeing a lot of cows, especially older cows," he said. "I don't think I've ever seen the country around here so poor - I went
up to Toowoomba last week and going through Missen Flat it was the worst I've seen it, and back through Nobby." He said with the lack of summer rainfall oats for feed would be very minimal this season, and existing hay supplies would soon be at a premium. Mick Nowlan said producers should be encouraged to take up any and all assistance available under the new drought declaration, acknowledging farmers are traditionally a proud lot who don't like to feel they're taking handouts. "I think we probably should have been declared earlier, or the previous declaration shouldn't have been lifted - the rain from (Cyclone) Debbie last year was factored in but it didn't really give the true picture," he said.
Dry bites hard ... We all know it's been dry around here for a long time, but it appears the situation is now reaching near-critical point for some - to the extent of buying in water for stock in some cases, while others are getting rid of cattle in particular at ever-increasing rates. Yangan's Peter Mikkelsen has farmed his family's mixed cattle and grain country at the foot of Mount Sturt east of Warwick all his life and says the last time he can remember it being this dry was 1965. While it's traditionally a more fertile district than the traprock country to the west of Warwick, Yangan and surrounding producers are feeling the effects of almost zero spring and summer rainfall. Peter said a "fair lump of a dam" he'd built in the 1970s he thought he'd "never see empty" was nearly dry and neighbours were taking the opportunity to have some of their already-empty dams cleaned out by contractors, an indication of the current state of the district. "If we get a wet February we can get through winter, but we've had nothing over summer and that's the problem," Peter told the Free Times. "I know a dairy farmer around here who's bringing in silage from Beaudesert - that's an indication of how bad things are. "We're fortunate that we've got hay put away - we're feeding the cattle barley straw and a bit of lucerne, it's nearly like gold." Peter said drought assistance needed to be targeted to those most in need. "If you have a young farmer just starting out who gets hit with a couple of years like we've had, who's a genuine farmer, they're the ones I'd like to see getting the help," he said. While the outlook for graziers in the Stanthorpe area is just as poor it’s not all bad news on the horticulture front. Stephen Tancred of Orchard Services said the lack of rain in the last five or so weeks had coincided with the tail end of harvests, which in one sense had been a positive as “you can get a lot of work done when it isn’t raining”. “I think it’s going to be September or October before growers are really going to be crying out, but we’ve got to think about next season,” he said. “I wouldn’t say we’re at a critical point from a horticulture perspective – there’s water in dams but we are mindful of the longerterm dry outlook.”
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GUILTY PLEA OVER ASSAULT psychological distress caused by the attack. The assault took place in the early hours of Tuesday 10 October last year at the corner of Canning and Percy Streets, while the victim and a friend were walking home from a party, with the friend escaping the scene to alert police. Williams will be sentenced in the Toowoomba District Court on a date yet to be set. Her co-accused, a female juvenile who cannot be named due to her age, was previously sentenced to 18 months in juvenile detention. ●
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comprehend the senseless violence. “Disturbingly this is the second incident of shooting deaths involving alpacas on rural properties, with seven killed at Lyra last September,” he said. Anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. ●
Stanthorpe Police are continuing to call for information from the public about the shooting of a group of alpacas on a Glen Aplin property earlier this month. Police were called to a Mount Stirling Road property on Saturday 5 May when the animals’ owners found five of their alpacas dead and one critically injured. The injured animal had to be euthanised. It is believed the animals were shot with a small-calibre firearm sometime between Wednesday 2 May and Thursday 3 May. Senior Constable Jim Ellis of the Stanthorpe Police said the animals would have been defenceless and it was hard to
THE SCOTS PGC COLLEGE Following an interview on Channel Nine’s ‘A Current Affair’ program with the parents of Dolly Everett in the last fortnight, along with other extensive media coverage of her death since the airing of that program, the Free Times has taken a decision not to publish any further coverage related to Dolly at this time. This is out of concern for the welfare
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OUR BROKEN JUSTICE SYSTEM BY JEREMY SOLLARS The victim of a violent home invasion at Stanthorpe says he feels “let down” by Queensland’s court system after waiting more than three years for his attacker to be brought to justice, only to miss out on the brief court appearance where he unexpectedly pleaded guilty. The male victim - aged in his 30s and who does not wish to be named - has told the Free Times he is desperate for closure of the matter so he can move on with his life after the guilty plea, with the perpetrator still weeks or more away from sentencing. Carl John Simmons, 32, pleaded guilty in the Warwick District Court last Tuesday 8 May to one count each of assault causing grievous bodily harm, robbery with violence and in company and burglary, relating to an incident which took place on 26 March 2015. Simmons and two accomplices - who have never been charged - stormed into the victim’s home on a rural property in the Stanthorpe area around 5am on the morning in question. They dragged the victim and his partner from their bed and brutally bashed the man on a concrete floor, while one of the accomplices physically restrained his terrified female partner. The victim suffered extensive injuries in the assault, including serious head and facial wounds, seven broken ribs and a punctured lung. Bashing to the right side of his face resulted in severe eye socket damage and the man required two surgeries and a steel plate in the side of his head, and his eyesight has been permanently affected. Mentally, he continues to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). After the assault the trio tore open a gun safe inside the residence and stole firearms and ammunition, along with iPhones and car keys belonging to the victim and his partner. Simmons was known to the victim and it is understood the home invasion was motivated by Simmons’ need for quick cash to pay for a vehicle. The victim had to be flown by rescue helicopter to the Gold Coast Hospital as bleeding on the brain was suspected at the time. After more than three years after being charged over the home invasion Simmons was due to stand trial in the
Carl Simmons. Warwick District Court last week but at the last minute entered a guilty plea to the three charges, with around half a dozen other related charges having already been dropped by the Director of Public Prosecutions due to a lack of evidence. The victim later recovered his stolen property after his partner’s son located his mother’s stolen iPhone - using a ‘Find My Phone’ app - at a residence at Logan, and sent police the address and a Google Maps image of the location. Simmons is now remanded in custody awaiting his sentence, a date for which is due to be set on Tuesday 5 June in the Brisbane District Court and could be weeks or even months away.
“AS WEAK AS PISS” Meanwhile the victim continues to recover psychologically from the home invasion and says he has completely lost faith in Queensland’s justice system. He is bitterly disappointed he did not have the chance to view Simmons facing court last week - having travelled to the Warwick Courthouse from Stanthorpe for the trial and waiting outside - with police apparently unaware of the impending guilty plea and having told him the start of the trial could be delayed. “Basically the judge has come in and they’ve just whisked him (Simmons) through,” he told the Free Times. “It was really disappointing - I wanted to be there to see him go on trial in front of a jury on all of the charges. “I feel short-changed - I wanted to drive home after the trial feeling happy it’s all over, a load off me but it just
doesn’t ever seem to go away. “The whole thing has just been just a f***around for more than three years, it’s laughable really. “Things are starting to get better for me slowly, but I still can’t sleep - I have flashbacks and I’m awake at 4.30 every morning. “It’s hard to block. “I can drive but the damage to my eyesight is just a shit reminder of what happened. “It’s changed my view of the whole justice system, it’s as weak as piss, I’ve lost all my faith in it. “I’d like to see him get 10 years but I’ve been told even if he’s classed as a violent offender he will still probably only serve 80 per cent of his sentence in jail.” The victim has lodged a ‘Victim Impact Statement’ which should be considered at Williams’ sentencing.
ONGOING IMPACT OF THE ATTACK The injuries the victim received in the assault meant he was unable to drive or work in his professional trade occupation for many months, resulting in the loss of valuable clients and significant income. He is now doing some casual work but is still receiving a partial Centrelink benefit, having been assessed as suffering from a ‘non-permanent disability’ since the assault. Psychologically he continues to struggle, with his mother telling the Free Times her son “is still a nervous wreck” and received medication and counselling for PTSD. She and her husband live in a separate residence on the rural property and she says Simmons’ crimes have affected the whole family. “We’re all still living with it as a family - we never used to lock anything, now we have padlocks on all the gates,” she said. “(My son) waited for three years and 44 days for Simmons to stand trial and it’s still not over.”
the Supreme Court - and visits Warwick and Stanthorpe on a “circuit”, usually three or four times a year with a roster of different judges. The District Court deals with more serious offences than those handled by local magistrates, including major assaults, sex crimes, drug offences and fraud and theft. Crown Prosecutors assigned to the regional Queensland “circuit” are often new and inexperienced, lengthy trial delays are frequent and the dropping of charges and the cancellation of whole trials - due to a lack of or poorlyprepared evidence - are commonplace, often causing significant inconvenience to jury members who are then no longer required. The Free Times sought comment from the Queensland Attorney-General Yvette D’ath about District Court delays and resourcing in regional centres like Warwick and Stanthorpe, using the Simmons case as an example. A spokeswoman forwarded us the following response “The ODPP (Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions) advises they have been ready to proceed in this matter since 14/10/16,” the statement said. “At each sitting since, the trial was adjourned on the defence application, which included two different firms, the first having been given leave to withdraw. “On a broader level, as illustrated by this case, delays to proceedings are often outside a court’s control because they depend on factors such as witness availability, health status of the defendant, or defence preparedness.”
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Australia’s farm, fisheries and forestry exports were worth $53.9 billion in 2016-17.
LITTLEPROUD HAILS DEAL Federal Agriculture and Water Minister and Maranoa MP David Littleproud says Aussie agriculture will have a stronger representation from the United Kingdom to Latin America and across key markets in Asia, through a $51.3 million package announced in last week's Federal Budget. Mr Littleproud said the funding would extend five agricultural counsellor positions in Vietnam, Malaysia, the Middle East, China and Thailand and fund six new positions in key emerging export markets. "Free trade agreements can reduce tariffs, but we need market access agreements for each specific commodity before our farmers can export their produce there," Mr Littleproud said. "Agricultural counsellors help give us market access agreements by advocating the science for each commodity with each relevant commodity. "A good example is how ag counsellors helped get better access for our chickpeas to Iran and Pakistan through improved ways of treating the legumes with fungicide.
David Littleproud. "The six new agricultural counsellors will be strategically positioned where we are negotiating or have recently concluded free trade agreements including Europe, the UK, Latin America and key markets in Asia." "As well as the counsellors themselves, we're also funding technical work to support market access requests and constantly
improve food safety. "These investments help us capitalise on the new free trade agreements, such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement (TPP-11), the Pacific Alliance Free Trade Agreement and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership. "The Budget has delivered a further $2.9 million over four years to extend funding for the Indonesia-Australia Red Meat and Cattle Partnership. "This partnership funds mutually beneficial projects for our red meat and cattle sectors, such as industry engagement and the exchange of technical expertise. "The partnership has been a successful platform for Australia to engage with Indonesia on trade and policy matters, and strengthen business and industry linkages for a valuable trade to Australia." Budget fast fact ... · The total value of Australia's farm, fisheries and forestry exports has increased from $41.5 billion in 2012-13 to $53.9 billion in 2016-17. ●
A man charged with cattle fraud in excess of $1.5 million has appeared in the Brisbane Magistrates Court. Anthony Robert Lee, 65, of Evans Head in New South Wales, is alleged to have placed an advertisement in rural media in early 2017 for a company wanting to purchase cattle for processing for export. A Queensland Police Media statement issued in February said that "as a result, three cattle properties contacted the company in April, May and June 2017 where they entered into contracts to supply Wagyu and Wagyu cross cattle". "It will then be alleged the companies did not receive full payment for the sales agreed upon after supplying the cattle," the statement said. Detectives from the Queensland Police State Crime Command's Major and Organised Crime Squad (Rural) charged Lee after what they described as a "protracted fraud investigation". Lee's matter was mentioned in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Friday 4 May and the matter was adjourned until Monday 25 June. Lee first appeared in the Lismore Local Court in late February after his arrest in NSW and was placed in the custody of Queensland police. He has not yet been required to enter a plea. Detectives have described the alleged $1.5m fraud as "crippling" to the cattle industry and the cattle companies involved. One of the companies involved is based in Springsure in Central Queensland and another is based in Charters Towers, while the other two are based in New South Wales. Police believe there could be more victims of this fraud and are encouraging anyone who may have responded to the advertisement to contact them. · Got information on this major fraud? Call Policelink on 131 444 or report it anonymously to Crime Stoppers 24 hours a day on 1800 333 000. ●
$1.5m worth of Wagyu and Wagyu-cross cattle are involved in the alleged fraud.
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OLSENS PRODUCT OF THE MONTH Belinda Marriage remains concerned about a planned explosives disposal facility on a neighbouring property. Marika McNicol, but the last-minute move was unsuccessful as the council had already notified Extech of the approval, which under the Local Government Act of Queensland meant the approval could not be overturned. At the August meeting Mayor Tracy Dobie used her casting vote in favour of the Extech application after a deadlock of councillors. Cr Cameron Gow was absent from the meeting with councillors Sheryl Windle, Yve Stocks, Vic Pennisi and Marika McNichol voting against the application and councillors Neil Meiklejohn, Rod Kelly and deputy mayor Jo McNally in favour. Ms Marriage did not lodge a formal objection to the Extech application - which was advertised in the Toowoomba Chronicle
- but remains adamant that blasting and associated impacts will have a detrimental impact on her farming operations, including stress caused to livestock by blasting. She has claimed that mapping and GPS co-ordinates in the application are at odds in showing the exact location of the proposed blasting site and that the council's proposed approval conditions only provide for a one hundred metre buffer zone from any boundary of the 'Waraghai' property, and that blasting could affect native animal species in the area. The Free Times contacted Extech this week to ask if they planned to proceed at Karara but a company spokesman declined to comment, other to say the plan is "absolutely going ahead", but did not provide a timeframe. ●
ALUMY CREEK OFFERING SURE TO IMPRESS Changes are afoot this year at Alumy Creek Angus according to stud principals Colin Keevers and Lisa Martin. This year their Annual Angus Bull Sale will move to Friday 1 June 2018 on-property at 'Coldawinda', Tenterfield, with a 1pm start. The sale will also interface with Auctions Plus for the first time to allow for clients to bid remotely. Mr Keevers said they will have a great draft of 52 two-year old Angus bulls on offer, but on occasion distance and weather can be a challenge for clients to attend. "This year we have a great selection of heavy-muscled, high-yielding carcase bulls sired by proven muscle and marbling performers, including the growth power
bull Connealy Earnan, and feedlot specialists Deer Valley All In and PA Ranch House," Colin said. ''We also have a terrific selection of calving-ease heifer bulls by Poss Element and SAV Thunderbird that will add carcase value to easily-born calves, as well as bulls by our own Carabar H215, a brother to Australian top sire Carabar Docklands - sire of last year's $110,000 Queensland recordpriced bull.' ''Everyone these days has busy lives and we are always keen to adopt technology too. ''We will see how digital disruptor technology can help our client base, with AuctionsPlus''. "As with previous years, all the bulls in the sale draft have been DNA genomics-
tested and sire-verified, as well as performance-recorded under commercial conditions. "They are a very even draft of bulls that will impress on inspection, good temperament, easy doing with added muscle and great skin." Bulls are available for inspection on Thursday 24 May or by appointment. Agents are Elders Glen Innes NSW and George and Fuhrmann Warwick Qld. Visit www.alumycreekangus for more information. ●
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A plan to establish an explosives disposal facility west of Warwick is yet to proceed, despite approval having been given by the Southern Downs Regional Council last August. As reported at the time, blasting firm Extech won approval to establish a site for the disposal of explosive materials on the Karara property 'Waraghai', owned by Donald and Angela McLeish. The plan split councillors and caused angst in the Karara area, particularly for neighbouring property owner Belinda Marriage, who produces free-range pork and lamb on her property 'Tillari'. Ms Marriage had also been planning to establish a farm-stay for children with autism, but the Waraghai approval put a cloud over that venture. The proposal is to establish a site to be used for the disposal of explosives, predominantly from the mining industry with blasting carried out six days a month with a maximum of four blasts a day, with a maximum of 1000 kilograms of explosive to be held on site at any given time. A last-ditch effort by three councillors to overturn the decision to approve the site was to no avail last August. Councillor Yve Stocks - who voted against the Extech approval - lodged a 'rescission motion' a week after the meeting in an attempt to have the approval overturned. The motion was also signed by dissenting councillors Vic Pennisi and
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PEAR HAS SOME REDEEMING PARTS In the Free Times last week we featured a photo of Pratten farmer Colin Clegg's cattle chowing down on Prickly Pear, which he and other producers swear by as a supplementary feed in hard times (aren't they all these days?) But as many of the old-timers around here know, Prickly Pear - the fruit of it we mean - is just as palatable to humans, so in this month's Rural Links feature we thought we'd share a couple of home-style recipes from a reader you can try out after you've cut down your Pear to comply with the Southern Downs Regional Council's Invasive Pest Control Scheme ... and for the record if you've never tried it, the sweet jam (a sample of which our reader kindly supplied) has a nice tartness to it, with notes of boysenberry ... Prickly Pear Jam ... Following is the recipe for "cactus fruit" or prickly pear jam. Great care is required in preparing it, and though the process is rather troublesome owing to the number of small prickles or thorns which are on the fruit. Peel the fruit and cut in half lengthwise; then sprinkle with sugar and let stand for twelve hours; boil quickly for half an hour; then add sugar in the proportion of three-quarters to one pound of fruit, and boil altogether for an hour. When it is done it will jelly quickly if a small quantity be placed on a plate, and is of rich wine colour. The fruit should be just ripe. Prickly Pear Jelly ... The following is the mode of making the jelly. After removing prickles, pare and cut lengthwise 3 lb. or prickly pear. Put them
into a stewpan with a teacup full of water. When reduced to pulp put them into a jelly bag. Let them drain all night. They must not be squeezed. Next morning put the juice into a saucepan, being careful not to put any sediment with it, adding 1 lb of sugar to every pint of juice, and add a few drops of the essence of vanilla. Boil until it will stiffen when cold. Cover the jars as soon as possible. About Prickly or Tree Pear ... Prickly Pear was brought into Australia with the First Fleet after having been found by Governor Philip during the Fleet's stopover in Brazil. It's thought the plant's attraction at the time was its ability to yield a red clothing dye from insects which colonise it. But instead of becoming a commercial success story, Prickly Pear became one of the most devastating introduced species in Australia's history. ● You can sign a petition against the council's Invasive Pest Management Scheme at the following convenient locations ... · Royal Hotel, Leyburn · Olsens Produce, Lyons Street, Warwick · Ray Bunch Machinery (opposite Olsens Produce), Warwick · Darryl Evans Real Estate, 82 Palmerin Street, Warwick For further information on the petition contact Robert on 0438 144 488.
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FEET STILL DRAGGING ON SALEYARDS The Southern Downs Regional Council says it will hold a public meeting to discuss the future management of the Warwick Saleyards "in the next week or two", a spokeswoman told the Free Times late last week. Local livestock producers continue to speculate on a potential plan by the council to lease out the Saleyards to a private operator, understood to be RLX Regional Livestock Exchanges, which operates saleyards in Queensland and New South Wales, including Gracemere, Inverell and Tamworth. The Free Times has continually sought updates from the council about the status of the leasing plan but the council is yet to provide specifics about making the final decision on the controversial move, which many fear will result in a massive increase in Saleyards fees. A media release about the public meeting had not been issued by the council at time of printing of the Free Times this week. ●
HANDING OVER THE FARM Southern Downs farming families wanting to learn more about how to transfer their farms from one generation to the next are encouraged to attend free workshops being run by AgForce and National Australia Bank (NAB) Agribusiness in Stanthorpe and Goondiwindi this month. AgForce Southern Inland Queensland Regional President Robyn Bryant said with the average Queensland farmer now 56 years of age, many families were having discussions about transferring the ownership and operational responsibilities of their farms to the next generation. "Agriculture is Australia's fastest growing industry and global demand for our highquality food and fibre is on the rise, but we need to reduce the barriers to generational change to ensure new people keep coming through to keep our regional and rural communities vibrant," he said. "Succession planning has both its
opportunities and challenges, but done right, the process can create confidence and certainty for everyone involved." The free workshops run for two hours and will be held at ... · The Fairway Function Room, Goondiwindi Golf Club, 3pm - 5pm, Monday 21 May · Queensland College of Wine Tourism, Caves Road, Stanthorpe, 10.30am 12.30pm, Tuesday 22 May To register and for more information contact Phillipa Houston from AgForce on 0488 002 091. ●
cents; since the end of January and is currently trading at 74.5US cents; - helping Australian meat to remain competitive in international markets. The global average unit value for Australian beef was A$7.06/kg for March, up one per cent year-on-year. Australia's largest market for boxed beef this year so far remains Japan, which totalled 93,964 tonnes swt for the year-toApril, an increase of 10 per cent year-onyear. This was followed by the US, totalling 68,790 tonnes swt for the year-to-date, which lifted six per cent on year-ago levels. Volumes to Korea rose 14 per cent from year-ago levels, to 46,934 tonnes swt. China, also a growing market for Australian beef, increased by 34 per cent year-on-year for the first four months of 2018, to 43,748 tonnes swt. Australian lamb exports hit 22,581 tonnes shipped weight (swt) in April, up 32 per cent year-on-year. ●
BEEF EXPORTS WELL UP Australian beef exports for March were valued at A$690 million, an increase of nine per cent year-on-year, according to Meat and Livestock Australia. This brings the year-to-March to just under A$1.7 billion, up by 12 per cent on the same period last year. The Australian dollar has declined 5.9US
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100 ACRES IN GOOMBURRA VALLEY THIS is a rare to find irrigation block with a 100ML water licence and approximately 100 acres of fertile creek flats and contoured black soil cultivation situated in the picturesque Goomburra Valley with frontage to Dalrymple Creek, 35kms to Warwick and 23kms to Allora. The bore is equipped with a threephase electric pump with a current bore flow test of 6320 gallons per hour. Colourbond shed, fenced, power connected, bitumen road frontage and many excellent home sites with magnificent views of the mountain ranges. This quality property is well worth your inspection to appreciate all it has to offer. Contact Doug Rickert on 0437 618 360 â—?
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This quality Westbuilt home situated on an elevated 4.91 acre block with rural views close to Allora and Warwick. Features a well maintained residence with 4 built-in bedrooms, large two way bathroom, open plan kitchen, dining, family room plus a separate formal lounge room, oice and large laundry. Fully ducted r/c airconditioning, wood heater, front and rear verandahs, 1.7kw (5kw inverter) solar power system and 2x5000gal rainwater tanks. Two colorbond sheds 6mx6m with 3m skillion and 9mx6m plus, huge garden/wood shed and fully fenced backyard. Daily school bus and mail service and bitumen road frontage. This excellent property is well worth your inspection to appreciate all it has to ofer.
Located in a quiet and private location, this well presented and maintained family home with 4 bedrooms is perfectly positioned on an elevated 2142m2 block with established parkland like grounds with views to the mountain ranges. This home utilises its space perfectly, presenting with excellent indoor living spaces and huge outdoor entertaining area with lots of space for the whole family plus a north east facing front verandah. The large kitchen, living and dining spaces provides a fantastic area for the household to come together also a large separate rumpus/ media room, formal dining, lounge room and oice. Step out through sliding glass doors to the expansive outdoor entertainment area. The ideal place for entertaining family and friends, overlooking the huge allotment. Other features include wood ire and fully ducted air-conditioning throughout. Master bedroom with ensuite, walk-in-robe and a further three built-in bedrooms and main bathroom. Double garage with remote roller doors plus a 6mx6m double garage, workshop, cubby house, garden shed, fruit trees and fully fenced backyard.
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Ideal Family Living In Great Position Family friendly home with upstairs and downstairs living in a great location handy to the centre of town. Upstairs features high ceilings and VJ walls, lounge room with wood heater, 3 bedrooms with built-in wardrobes, 4th bedroom / oice and bathroom. Master bedroom has reverse cycle air conditioning. A refurbished sun room wraps the north eastern corner and sits perfectly to welcome the morning and winter sun. Downstairs has a spacious kitchen with 5 burner oven and is open plan with the air conditioned dining and lounge room that completes the second living area. Also on this loor is a bathroom, laundry and over sized double lock up garage with storeroom / oice. Relax in the fenced backyard that has a covered entertainment area with bench and built-in bbq, established gardens, pond and water feature plus veggie patch. Also on the 1,012 block is a drive through caravan cover with western roller door for weather protection, brick single lock up brick garage / workshop, 2 shade houses, rain water tanks and the home has a 4 kilowatt solar system installed.
87 Dragon St Warwick Scott McLennan 0418 588 884
REDUCED TO SELL - A lifestyle property on 2.32ha for sale at $499,000. The elevated position shows wonderful views over the surrounding farmland and beyond. Three bedrooms and an oice, two bedrooms have large built-ins. Convenient kitchen, gas cooktop, electric oven adjoining breakfast room with panoramic views. There is a formal dining family room with woodheater, formal lounge and a sitting room. There are three reverse cycle air conditioners through the home.Fenced houseyard, paved courtyard, established gardens are a picture. A caravan shed with power and concrete loor, a carport and a three bay shed with extra toilet, laundry and storage.Ample water with very large concrete tank, two other tanks and a bore. Also chook pen, vege garden, sheep yards, loading ramp, 4 dog runs * orchard variety of trees, hay / machinery shed - could be stables, fully fenced. Short drive to Allora Town. Agent in conjunction.
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This property will appeal to all. Located in a quiet street the home features a centrally located kitchen which services the meals area and breakfast bar on one side and the lounge room on the other. This open plan has air conditioning. Two of the three bedrooms have built-in wardrobes, bathroom has bath and separate newly renovated shower. The outside of the home has been freshly painted. A sliding door gives access from the meals area to the undercover entertainment area which an easterly aspect and views to the mountains. Colorbond shed has 2 roller doors and concrete loor with space for 4 cars or plenty of room for the pool table. The backyard is a blank canvas ready for your touch. This property on 1,315sqm deserves your inspection. Open house Saturday 11.45am-12.15pm.
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$ 299,000 Two Living Areas Brick and tile family home thoughtfully designed
$ 185,000 Investor Potential Timber 4 bedroom home on 1012 m² fenced
with our QLD climate in mind. Four built in bedrooms, main with ensuite and walk in robe . Open plan living, kitchen with dishwasher and modern conveniences. There is a separate laundry/utility room, toilet and bathroom. Air con plus slow combustion heater comfortable day to day living. Covered outdoor area, fenced 969 m² backyard with shed, garden shed, tank ...
with 25m frontage has subdivision potential. Two large built-in bedrooms and two smaller. Walk to shops, schools from here. Kitchen/ dining combo was renovated with good storage and bench space. Large lounge has a wood ﬁre. Family bathroom has bath, separate shower, large vanity. Laundry and toilet, Lock up car garage + double carport. Renting at $275 p.w.
$ 375,000 Big Living Space Close to hospital, on elevated 954 m², brick
$ 229,000 Home on Acreage Large aircon 4 built-in bedroom + ofﬁce brick
veneer 4 built in bedrooms and large open living areas. NEW carpet throughout, NEW vinyl in the kitchen with NEW electric stove and plenty of storage. Dining and living lounge has a reverse cycle air con plus a wood ﬁre for winter. Hall storage cupboard with another room opposite that could be an ofﬁce or rumpus. Family bathroom has bath & shower, separate toilet.
home on 7837 m² with fenced paddock for a horse or pony. Single lock up garage on home and detached double garage in yard. Near new eat-in kitchen with gas stove & oven, plenty of storage. Two living areas, tiles throughout that are easy care. Bathroom has a bath and separate shower, separate toilet. Laundry is separate off the garage and kitchen.
$ 295,000 Special Features Quality brick and tile home has 3 built in
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bedrooms with a northerly aspect on 601 m². Main bedroom is a bay room with walk-inrobe and en suite. Bright and airy open plan living encompasses lounge at entry, dining and kitchen. Single remote garage has rear access and is direct to the kitchen. Main bathroom has bath and separate shower, separate toilet. Reverse cycle air con plus ceiling fans.
UNIT -New kitchen with appliances replaced, new ﬂoor coverings, air con, immaculate condition. North facing, 2 built-in bedroom brick unit, close to CBD. Good sized lounge dining, Renovated bathroom has shower, vanity, toilet & laundry combo. Single garage converted as extra living area, easily changed. Solar power, security screens, Private paved courtyard at rear. UNIT buyer or INVESTORS.
walk-in/en suite. Family bathroom has bath & separate shower. Formal lounge living, New modern kitchen has gas hot plates and electric wall oven, pantry, dishwasher and space for big fridge.Adjoining dining has sliders to undercover entertaining and in-ground pool. Full size sand arena, double garden shed, 3 bay shed, 4 Treed paddocks, Town water, bitumen driveway ...
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Timber 3 bedroom, main bedroom is built-in with mirrored doors. Separate lounge room with a wood ﬁre, modern kitchen/dining room combo. Split system air conditioning, solar hot water with electric booster, entertainment area and north facing verandah are some of the features. Double lock up garage, 3 fenced paddocks... take a look! INVESTORS:- Currently renting at $290 p.w.
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JUNABEE - On 1133 m², with mountain and valley views, is freshly painted interior, 3 built in bedroom brick home on bitumen road. Tiled open plan has modern kitchen, dining and lounge living has wood ﬁre + split system reverse cycle air conditioning. Family bathroom has bath, separate shower, separate toilet next door. Laundry utility accesses fenced yard, double colorbond garage has power, large tanks.
‘Wattlebrae’ is a 100.6 Ha country haven red soil plateau, sandy loam scrub soil on the ridges and rich loam along Turners Creek ﬂats. DALVEEN is halfway between Warwick and Stanthorpe on the New England Highway. Renovated 3 b/rm home, sheds & more sheds, 2 b/rm besser brick cabin. Bore, 22,000 gal rainwater tanks, permanent holes in the creek, 7 good dams + more. Steel cattle yards + more.
For Rent: 4661 3663 3 Brm Timber, woodfire, kitchen, dining, laundry, rural outlook, 1 car..................... $ 225 p.w. 2 Brm Unit, air con, new kitchen, open plan living, shower, 1 car .......................... $ 250 p.w. 3 Brm Timber in CBD, aircon, kitchen, dining, laundry, 2 toilets, 1 car.................... $ 255 p.w. 3 Brm Brick, aircon, kitchen, dining, u/c entertain, shed, 1 car ............................... $ 280 p.w. 3 Brm Timber, bath, mod kitchen, air con, open living, 2 car, u/cover decks, ........ $ 285 p.w. WILDASH 2 Ac, 3 Brm, bath, deck, 2 car, fenced, Solar power .............................. $ 300 p.w. ALLAN 2 Ac, 3 Brm, bath, deck, 2 car, fenced, bore & tanks .................................. $ 300 p.w. 5 Brm Brick UNIT, 2 bath, mod kitchen, air con, open living, 1 car, u/cover, ......... $ 320 p.w. ALLORA 4 Ac, 3 Brm + office, built-ins, bath, deck, 3 car, fenced.......................... $ 350 p.w. Fully Furnished, Resort Style, 4+ Brm, aircon, 3 bath, 2 living, built ins, 2 car........ $ 550 p.w.
LAND WARWICK - 809 m², elevated views, water, sewerage, ready to build ....................... $ 89,000 WARWICK - 854 m², power, town water, curb & channel, 3 Bay SHED.................. $ 100,000 WARWICK - 1120 m², Horsman Rd, power, water, sewer, ready to build ................. $ 100,000 WARWICK - 748 m², elevated views, cul de sac, estate, ready to build ................... $ 109,000 ALLORA - 917 m², development approval, power, water, in CBD ............................... $ 89,000 WILLOWVALE - 8094 m², Bitumen road frontage, power nearby, rural fenced ........ $ 130,000 ELLINTHORP - 1012 m², only 7.2K or 7 min to Allora, power next door .................... $ 28,000 MARYVALE - 2023 m², power available, close to school, VIEWS ............................... $ 45,000 DEUCHAR - 8 Ha, bitumen road, 3 bay shed, power, phone, country views ........... $ 150,000 WARWICK - 2.6 Ha, 2 bitumen road frontage, power, water, light industy ............ $ 2,210,000 See ..... www.heleharm.com ..... for more listings
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OPEN HOME & AUCTION TIMES WARWICK REAL ESTATE 12 Ross Street
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Three larger bedroom home features pressed metal ceilings, VJ walls and timber floors throughout. Main and second bedroom has a walk-in-robe and ceiling fan. The entry doubles as a study and leads into the spacious combined dining and kitchen area with reverse cycle air conditioning. The family kitchen has adequate bench space and storage including a pantry. The lounge has a northern aspect. Family bathroom has a bath, vanity and separate shower. Separate
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QUIET CUL-DE-SAC toilet is next to the laundry. Enjoy the great outdoor living space provided by the large front verandah which overlooks the easy care gardens. The 1033sqm yard is fenced with a threebay Colourbond shed. Located in a quiet cul-de-sac, within walking distance to hospital, shop and schools on a City Bus route. For more photos visit www.helenharm. com ●
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19th MAY 2018 10am ON SITE --- 87 Dragon St Warwick A/C S & V TRILL FURNITURE: -Coffee Table, Display cabinet with 3 Lights, Display Cabinet ( 2pieces), 3 piece display & TV Cabinet, 2 x King Size Single Mattress, Display Cupboard glass doors, 2 x Timber Frame Glass Cabinet, Queensland Maple Corner Cupboard, Old School Desk Converted, Office chair, rocking chair (needs restoring) ,extension table.
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GENERAL: -1 gallon cream can, 2 gallon cream can, safe, Trench Art, Large/Small Railway Track, Railway Tin Trunk, 2 x Billhook Chopper. Saunders Complete Plough, Timber Spotted Gum T/G 10m x 10m, Assorted Timbers, sea chest.
Low set 4 bedroom brick home, 2 bedrooms have ensuites plus main 3rd bathroom with shower, bath and toilet (4 toilets), open plan kitchen (with dishwasher), dining and living area, formal entry, 13 years old, total floor area 256sqm. Ducted air conditioning, single garage.
TOOLS: -Triton Mark 3 Saw Bench & Extension Table, Ladder, Triton Super Jaws, 7 Shays Clamps, Drop Saw , Radial Arm Saw Masonry Cutter Diamond Blade, Pedestal Drill, Steel Cabinets, Vices, Shelving, Drills & Hand Piece, Clamps, Qty Files, Qty Rasps, Qty Hammers, Qty Spanners, Qty Pliers/Pinches, Qty Wire Brushes, Qty Chisels, Qty Strings & levels, Qty Screwdriver, Qty cutters, Qty Tin Snips, Qty Cold Chisels, Mechanical Tools Qty Electrical Tools, Qty Drill Bits, Square Clamps,
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IT'S ALWAYS ON AT THE HALL
Warwick Toastmasters Club is running a Speechcraft Course in public speaking for six weeks starting Wednesday 2 May, 6pm to 8pm. Contact Chris Parkinson for details and to book on 0488 415 224.
BY JEREMY SOLLARS There's always something happening at the Emu Vale Memorial Hall - which has just had a bit of a facelift. Next Saturday 26 May head along for the Cent Sale from 1.30pm - entry is just $5 per person with afternoon tea included and drinks available for purchase. And don't forget to mark these two dates on your calendar - the annual Emu Vale Community Auction at the Hall on Saturday 8 September (all vendors welcome) and the popular Emu Vale Melbourne Cup Lunch and Cent Sale on Tuesday 6 November, with prizes for best outfits. All events raise much-needed funds for the Hall's upkeep. The Hall committee is very pleased with some recent upgrades to the historic structure, thanks to a $35,000 Gambling Community Benefit Fund grant.
UNTIL 31 MAY Southern Downs Regional Council Libraries Amnesty Winter Warmers runs until Thursday 31 May. LATE FEES* waived on donation of warm items of clothing or bedding, such as: socks, mittens, beanies, scarves, jumpers, shawls, flannelette pyjamas, blankets etc. All donated items must be new and in the original packaging or with the price tag attached. *Applies to new and existing late fees. *Does not apply to lost item charges or items returned damaged. Items donated to Salvation Army in June 2018.
FRIDAY 18 MAY Oak Tree Retirement Australia's Biggest Morning Tea will be on Friday 18 May at Oak Tree Retirement Village, 12 O'Leary Street, Warwick from 10am. $20 entry, morning tea provided, fashion parade, lucky door prize. All proceeds go to Biggest Morning Tea Foundation. Contact Mary O'Neill on 0438 416 271. Warwick Art Gallery International Museum Day talk "FIRSTS" will be on Friday 18 May at the Warwick Art Gallery from 11am. The community are invited to attend this FREE event featuring the illustrated talk by six local artists, gallery and museum workers.
SUNDAY 20 MAY Warwick Singles Social Club Over 50s will meet on Sunday 20 May at O'Shanleys Pub, Clifton at 12 noon. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org. or Jen on 0400 505 943.
WEDNESDAY 23 MAY National Seniors will have morning tea at a Lavender Farm at Liston. Lunch at the Stanthorpe RSL Club. See the Lawdogs perform and discover Truffles.
All mums invited regardless of how old their baby is or how their baby is fed. Dads, grandparents and children are always welcome. For inquiries contact Leah on 0409 001 634.
SUNDAY 27 MAY Travelling Country Music Social will be on Sunday 27 May at the Cowboys Club House, Alice Street, Warwick from 10.30am. Adults $8.00, Children $4.00, lunch, afternoon tea plus bottomless tea and coffee all day, lucky door prize and multi raffle. Walk up artists welcome so if you can sing, dance, or say poetry come along and have a go. Contact Marlene on 0419 710 828 or Ruby on 4664 4163.
Hall committee members Les and Dorothy Kable and Jenny Whitsed admire the new landing. Louvres on the eastern side of the Hall have been replaced with solid windows after dry rot was discovered in the windowsills, and a new landing and stairs have been constructed on that side of the Hall. Enquiries about upcoming events at the Emu Vale Memorial Hall to Les Kable on 0400 063 585. ●
WEDNESDAY 30 MAY
Visit a unique Christmas Farm. The trip will be on Wednesday 23 May, bookings from now to Tuesday 15 May at Suncorp. Phone Carmel on 4661 3136.
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THURSDAY 24 MAY Australian Breastfeeding Assoc. Tenterfield-Granite Belt Group will meet on Thursday 24 May at the Stanthorpe Baptist Church, Crn Railway and Hillcrest Streets from 9.30am. The topic will be Breastfeeding and family foods.
The Warwick Horticultural Society says all are welcome at a free information evening with popular Toowoomba horticulturalist Brian Sams at the QCWA tea rooms on Grafton Street from 7pm, with supper to follow. Also mark on your calendar the Society's next bus trip to Esk for a garden expo and markets on Saturday 16 June. For more, call Beatrice Hawkins on 0488 470 706. Cent Sale and International Afternoon will be on Saturday 2 June at the QCWA rooms, Grafton Street, Warwick from 1.30pm. Cent Sale, multi-draw raffle, lucky door, afternoon tea. Display of German projects and colourings by the Warwick East State School students and winners announced. Everyone is welcome, admission $5. WH&S limits 80 in the hall. Contact 4667 3889.
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8 5 7 4 3 6 1 2 5 CRYPTIC PUZZLE NO. 7524 DOWN 5 9 1. Dog (8) 2. Grumble (6) 3. Cane (6) 6 4. Tree (4) Dimension (6) 5. Draw (6) 6. Notch (5) 8 11. Hostile (8) 7 13. Boat (6) 14. Hot (6) 1) 15. Sea (6) 1 7 3 16. Dirt (5) 18. Weary (4) YPTIC PUZZLE NO. 7524 3 8 6 DOWN ACROSS Dog (8) 8 7 9 2 3
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CRYPTIC PUZZLE NO. 7524 - SOLUTIONS Across - 6, Fail to agree. 7, Are-a (rev). 8, Deso-late. 9, Rev-is-e. 10, To-we-rs. 12, Tact-i-c. 15, Parcel. 17, Foreseen 19, Rain (reign). 20, Sleeping-bag. Down - 1, Finalist. 2, S’tod-ge (rev). 3, Ba-sset (rev). 4, (tw)o-ral(lies). 5, Better. 6, For-c-e. 11, Ward-robe. 13, Arou-se. 14, Cree-p-s. 15, Pin-ing. 16, (th)ey-ing(eniously). 18, Even.
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ter (4). 20. The case for retirement? (8-3). DOWN 1. One of the last people you might expect to win! (8). 2. For instance, the girl’s been brought up on heavy food (6). 3. Give the woman a hand raising the dog (6). 4. Said to have taken part in two ralllies (4). 5. He takes a chance and gets cured (6). 6. Might get a number into the van (5). 11. Clothes for the protege and a dressing-gown (8). 13. Waken up, to our distress, in a raging sea (6). 14. Advances slowly and quietly, with Indians all around (6). 15. Longing to knock the drink back: a gin cocktail (6). 16. Seeing, though they ingeniously have hidden it (5). 18. Flat and square (4).
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QUICK PUZZLE NO. 7524 - SOLUTIONS Across - 6, Sparrow-hawk. 7, Moor. 8, Ultimate. 9, Meddle. 10, Height. 12, Claret. 15, Bridge. 17, Guttural. 19, Iris. 20, Certificate. Down - 1, Labrador. 2, Grouse. 3, Switch. 4, Palm. 5, Sketch. 6, Score. 11, Inimical. 13, Launch. 14, Torrid. 15, Baltic. 16, Grime. 18, Tire.
ACROSS 6.Are not yes-men, so don’t get on (4,2,5). 7. It took a long time to get back to the territory (4). 8. Does worry at night, it’s so forsaken (8). 9. Ever inconstant, is going in to change (6). 10. The buildings we put among the hills (6). 12. The diplomacy, I figure, is a mere ploy (6). 15. A lot for the post man to carry (6). 17. Having anticipated, gave a warning when consulted (8). 19. The rule said water (4). 20. The case for retirement? (8-3). DOWN 1. One of the last people you might expect to win! (8). 2.
How to so Sudoku
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CRYPTIC PUZZLE NO. 7524
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FAMILIAR LOCAL FACE WILL BE WELL AND TRULY MISSED BY JEREMY SOLLARS Lynette Washbourne has been an inspirational colleague and mentor of staff at three of Warwick's pharmacies over the last 45 years - and a trusted helper and friend to their legions of customers. Having long been one of Warwick's most familiar faces, the much-loved pharmacy assistant retired last week, saying goodbye to her fellow staff at Rose City Shoppingworld's new Priceline Pharmacy which opened its doors earlier this year. Prior to that it was Duggan's Amcal Pharmacy, where Lynette worked for more than two decades - including alongside popular Warwick pharmacist Tony Hagley after beginning her pharmacy career at the Warwick Friendly Society at the age of 24. Lynette told the Free Times it's the interaction with customers that she'll miss the most. "Many of them have become friends over the years, it's just always been a pleasure talking to them and helping them," she said. "And I'll miss the other staff a great deal - some of them I've worked with for a long time. "I've seen a lot of changes in pharmacy. "Back when I started I was handwriting repeats and using a typewriter to do up labels.
"The retail side of pharmacies has certainly grown - when I started at the Friendlies we always had a range of general vitamins and makeup and perfumes. "But the range today of those things is so much bigger, the variety has really increased." Lynette and husband Bruce have lived in the peaceful village of Yangan east of Warwick all their married life and in between looking after Bruce - who's had some health challenges of late - she's looking forward to spending more time in the garden and on her favoured crafts, which include patchwork, dress-making, sewing and cake-icing. Colleague April Alldridge has worked with Lynette for more than the last two decades and described her simply as her "second mum". "She's always just been so happy and helpful - that's what we're going to miss the most, she's really been the rock for all of us," April said. "We've always just hung off her, she's taught us all so much. "We knew this day was eventually going to come, but it's still hard to believe." April said Lynette was always happy to assist her fellow staff with sewing jobs and alterations - prompting Lynette to joke that she "often thought about bring the sewing
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LEFT AT A LOSS BY FOOTY YOBBOS A trip to Suncorp for the double header last Saturday did not bring the joy as a Broncos fan I expected. The night was further soured by the behaviour of a couple of yobbos - well dressed but yobbos. What is it about rugby league games that seem to bring out the worst behaviour in people?? I am at a loss to understand why you would pay good money for a ticket only to act like a moron when you get the game. The performance of the Broncos was an obvious disappointment and the game between the Titans and Melbourne failed to reach any spectacular heights and at the same time all those around us were educated in the use of some of the most unpleasant of the Australian vocabulary by those behind us. I know many think I'm a bit of a dinosaur but I was seriously itching for a cake of sunlight soap half way through the night. The highlight of the evening however was meeting a young returned serviceman, Ricky Lawson who was out of hospital for the night and at the game with his Assistance Dog, Hoover. A chocolate brown labradoodle very resplendent in his Broncos coat and scarf - an obvious Queenslander. Hoover took plenty of interest in the on field proceedings and joined the crowd with plenty of woofs when the Titans and Brisbane scored. He didn't seem impressed with some refereeing decisions and was less than impressed at the end of the Broncos game. F.E.T.C.H. Assistance dogs help serving and ex-serving members of the Australian Defence Forces and Emergency Services. Dogs like Hoover do great things for their people and allow them a great deal of freedom and support - unlike the group seated behind us Hoover's behaviour was exemplary. Well done Hoover you were the star of the show. It was a pleasure to meet you - Casey COOL CONDITIONS, INTERESTING ROUND The winter chill was certainly in the air on Saturday and combined with a nasty westerly made conditions interesting for players contesting the Stanthorpe May monthly medal and putting competition as well as the first round of the club championships. Len Leigh and Sam Dowie did not let the first taste of winter condition get the better of them. Each returning a nett score of 69 for their rounds. After the mandatory count back, Len Leigh was declared the winner leaving Sam to receive the consolation prize. Lyn Ludlow led the ladies field, returning a winning nett 77. Annelle Batterham continues to feature in the winners lists. On Saturday she finished with nett 78 one shot behind the winner but good enough for second place. Thanks to Mark and Racheal Hendry who sponsored the day. Each received minor prizes th4mselves. Mark picked up a ball in the run down and Racheal for the best gross of 96 for the ladies round. Scott Constable returned best Gross score of 78 for the men. Wes Smith won the men's putting with 24 putts and Mandy Benussi won the ladies' putting with 29 on the day. After round one of the club championships Scott Constable looks to be one of the A Grade favourites but Mark Hendry and Wes Smith are both in top form and threatening. After an excellent round Sam Dowie leads the B Grade Len Leigh just one shot back and in striking range but there are a handful of others hot on their heels. 18 SOUTHERN FREE TIMES
F.E.T.C.H. Assistance ? Dog Hoover takes in all the action at Suncorp on Saturday night.
Warwick Cowboys captain Michael Bloomfield (far left) watches on as his teammates hit the ball up during the team''s big win over the Tigers at Fr Ranger Oval. Photo - Jeremy Sollars. The lead in C grade normally changes from round to round but at this point Peter Gibney and Viv Thouard are looking promising but there are a handful of rivals snapping at their not far afield. It could come down to controls their swing and nerves in all three grades The ladies are also playing their club championships and we will have more on likely next weekend's results. Round two of the championships will be played on Saturday followed by round three on Sunday. A time sheet for Saturday has been drawn up with the field seeded for the day. Players should check this time sheet which is on the board at the club. Please ensure you are ready well before your tee time as places may need to be adjusted. Good luck to all players. BOUNDERS CELEBRATE WORLD DAY The Bullecourt Boulder Bounders Club are planning to celebrate World Orienteering Day (http://worldorienteeringday.com/), by holding a fun event at the Warwick Central State School on Wednesday 23 May from 3.30 - 4.30pm. There will be easy courses set around the school at Wednesday's event to give people a taste of what the sport has to offer. Local residents are encouraged to just turn up and try out their skills at navigating their way around the course set in the school grounds. Last year, more than 250,000 people from across the world took part in orienteering activities with the International Orienteering
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Federation hoping even more people participate in 2018. Already there are over 1,000 events registered in more than 70 countries. If you require further information or have any queries, call 4683 6374 or log on to the web page www.oq.asn.au/event-calendar RANGERS RATTED The Warwick Water Rats travelled to Toowoomba for Round Seven of the Risdon Cup competition at Gold Park last Saturday on what was surely one of the worst days ever to play football in Toowoomba. The wind was howling and with 14 fit players and one very unfit player, who was water boy, manager, score-keeper and official media consultant all at once, the Rats pulled off a remarkable victory over Rangers. The gale-force wind played a huge part the Rats ran with it in the first half. In the early stages, the big forward pack waged war up the middle taking on the Rangers' pack. The work up the middle paid dividends as the Toowoomba players were drawn into the rough stuff, leaving huge gaps out in the backline. Joseph Levick, who only played out of shear necessity soon realised there was acreage to be exploited out wide and released the pacey Rats backline. Max Hall linked up with the new look centre pairing of Jared Fearby and Lachlan Winten, who was a late inclusion because apparently grabbing a coffee is more important than warming
up. The Rats broke the line on a number of occasions, Winger, Josh Sharman, scored a double, including a grubber past the fullback, and a slick re-gather. The Rats were in a dominant position that could have been squandered but their defence held up at the back end of the half. Lachy made a huge front on hit to stop a counter attack and Joe chased down a winger making a desperate, try-saving tackle unfortunately the Ref deemed it to be head high. Rangers found their way close to the line though and toiled away for an eternity, held out by some tough Rats defence. The ball was eventually stolen by a Rat at the breakdown. At half time the Rats led 26-nil thanks to some strong play and excellent goal kicking with the ball swinging like it had been sandpapered. In the second half the Rangers hit back scoring 14 points but the defence of the Rats held up well and the despite not posting any points in the second half the Rats came away with a 26-14 win. Dean Cullen once again drove from Brisbane for the game and Joe again put the team before his own welfare. As always the Rats are chasing more players. If you're keen or know anyone who is, wander on down to training Tuesdays and Thursdays. VERNEY IN FORM Carol Verney was in winning form during the Association Croquet games last week. She scored a 2-14 win over Heather Widderick in their singles game. In what turned out to be a tough game Peter Tunbridge and Pat Schnoor teamed up and played Effey Russell and Jenny Tunbridge. This was a close match with the Double P team scoring a narrow win 18 hoops to 15. In the remaining game Joy Newman and Val Richardson went head to head against Andrea Denkewitz. Andrea was in good form and scored had a break of three in a row and went to score a 24 hoops to 19 win. SOUTHGATE CONTINUES EXCELLENT FORM Ricochet was played on Thursday morning and in the first game. Jenny Tunbridge partnered Bron Southgate for a game against Peter Tunbridge and Bill Golding. The relative newcomer Bron Southgate again made some good shots but their experienced opponents played a very tactical game eventually winning 23 - 17. Val Fancourt partnered Margaret Dickenson in a game against John Draper and Andrea Denkewitz. It was a closely fought contest with neither team able to get more than one or two shots clear before the opposition levelled the score. It was appropriate that the match finished tied up at 17-all. CONDITIONS NOT ENOUGH TO STOP GATEBALL A group of dedicated Gateball players braved the very cold and windy conditions on Friday morning. Grace Howard, Pat Schnoor, Joy Newman and Andrea Denkewitz made up Team One. Their opponents Team Two were Margaret Dickenson, Val Fancourt, John Draper and Bill Golding. Team One had the best of the morning's play winning the first two games 13 - 9 and 17- 8 respectively. Pat Schnoor and Grace Howard both played well in the conditions hitting hit some excellent shots. After the break there was one more game played as the conditions deteriorated. Team Two bounced back to record a convincing - 9 win after some good play from Margaret Dickenson and John Schnoor. freetimes.com.au
CLOSE GAMES Play was delayed in the weekly Golf Croquet game due to the Croquet Club's general meeting however two short games were decided Bev Sullivan bought along a welcome visitor, Sunny, and they played as a pair in the game one against Justin Liddy and Bronny Southgate and the pair notched up a 9 -7 win. That was despite Justin scoring a great hoop in one. Bronny Southgate continued to match most players with her score despite being new to the game. In the second group on the court Pauline Inglis and Shirley Page defeated Elaine Brown and Val Fancourt 7 - 5. In the later game, Bev Sullivan and Shirley Page combined for a 7-3 win in their game against Sunny and Pauline Inglis. Judy Lock was able to take Val Fancourt's place after the break in the second group. They managed a very short first to five game in the time available. It was a close game with Liddy and Southgate just getting away with a 5-4 win. The best two game score of the day came from Bev Sullivan with nine. Shirley Page also played well for a combined total of seven. SPORTERS BACK ON TRACK After a couple of week's break it was Phil Zikan who returned to the winner's circle at Sporters on Sunday while Aaron Simmers who also played well had to settle for the Runner-up position. Marg Locke and Mark Lynam figured in the rundowns. Paul Byrnes returned the Best Gross of the day. There were no takers for the Pin Shots on the 12th or 17th, but Aaron Simmers took the Pro Pin. Finishing he day on a winning note were Peter Goodsir and John Rawlings who each went home with a meat tray. Winter is not far away and a reminder to Sporters that from Sunday the tee off time changes to 8.00 -8.30am for the duration of the winter months. Enjoy those extra few minutes of warmth. SUCCESSFUL WEEKEND FOR LOCAL TEAMS Valleys and Wattles continue to head the standings in the TRL after seven rounds of the competition with 12 points. The Warwick Cowboys and premiers Dalby are in touch each on 10 points. Last weekend Wattle scored a 33-20 win over Pittsworth while the Cowboys who were at home on Fr Ranger Oval decimated the Tigers 76-4 to boost their for and against. At Pittsworth the first half was a nail biting affair with neither side really asserting authority over the other. The Danes opened the scoring but spectators saw the lead change several times
in the first half. Wattles trailed 16-12 at the break but a Travis Burns rev up at half time saw the Warriors burst out of the blocks in the second half. In a frenetic passage of play after the break, Wattles in the space of 10 minutes scored three tries to lead the stunned Danes 30-16. Jackson Green picked up a double for the Warriors crossing for two tries in the space of three minutes. Captain coach Travis Burns turned back the clock taking over the kicking duties from Matt and finished the game with a perfect six from six. Wattles host Oakey this weekend in their bid to claim outright top-ranking PITTSWORTH 20 (Jordan O'Shea, Dom Briggs, James Dempsey, Jeff Webber tries; Keith Mackenzie 2 goals) lost to WATTLES 33 (Jackson Green 2, Braydon Wilson, Matt Duggan, Mitch Koina tries; Travis Burns 6 goals; Duggan field goal) The Cowboys hosted the Tigers at Fr Ranger Oval and posted a big win over the visitors. The Cowboys galloped away with the first half scoring seven tries before the half time break and sealing the Tigers fate. Declan McLoughlin was in sensational from and crossed for three tries in 16 minutes. Captain Mick Bloomfield and Ben Sullivan were the model of consistency each scoring a double. Other try scorers in what was a try fest were Jarred Bradfield, Kai Etherington, Josh Cruice, Dylan Galloway, Jordyn Hogden. Bloomfield kicked six conversions and Ethrington five. The Tigers only points came from a try to Alex Hinch. The Cowboys share ten points on the ladder with Dalby but have played one more game. This round the Cowboys have a bye in preparation for an important local derby against Wattles at Platz Oval in two weeks. WARWICK 76 (Declan McLoughlin 4, Mick Bloomfield 2, Ben Sullivan 2, Jarred Bradfield, Kai Etherington, Josh Cruice, Dylan Galloway, Jordyn Hogden tries; Bloomfield 6, Etherington 5 goals) defeated SOUTHERN SUBURBS 4 (Alex Hinch try) RESULTS FROM OTHER GRADES UNDER 18 Cowboys 6-56 Tigers Pittsworth 42- 12 Wattles Reserve Grade Cowboys 54-22 Tigers Pittsworth 24-22 Wattles 2nd Division Cowboys 56-6 Tigers Pittsworth 6-30 Stanthorpe
STANTHORPE SPRING AN UPSET The Stanthorpe Rugby League team continue their good form in the TRL Clive Berghofer Second Division Competition. On Sunday the team travelled to Pittsworth and posted an away win over one of the ore fancied sides in the competition. Regan Sullivan received the Players Player Award after an excellent all round showing in the 30-26 win. Gremlins coach Gary Skimmings rated the opposition as the toughest his team has played to date in the competition and said after the game he was more than happy with the result. Stanthorpe opened the scoring and took an early 10 nil lead only minutes into the game after Sullivan and Lachlan Swan scored. The Gremlins forwards pack may have been outsized by the Danes but they were tenacious and set a good platform for the backs. Matt Hendry playing lock and back rower Floyd Oxford both had eye catching games. The lead changed several times in the first half after the Danes got on the scoreboard. The Gremlins led 6-14 shortly before half time but were forced to defend with only 12 men when Nathan Stibbard was sent to the sin bin. Despite some solid defence and try saving tackles the Danes found a way over the try line on the stroke of half time and led 20-16 at the break. The Danes were full of running after half time and added another six points shortly after the break to lead 26-16. In a gutsy effort Stanthorpe clawed their way back into the game after a try to Brad Britton. The Gremlins dominated the following passage of play and tries to Jacob Adams and Regan Sullivan followed. The Gremlins grabbed the lead with minutes remaining on the clock and in the final frantic minutes of the game were able to hold onto their 30-26 lead. It was a good tough win from the Gremlins who should take plenty of self belief from that game. This weekend the Stanthorpe side host the Oakey Bears at Sullivan Oval on Saturday afternoon. KILLARNEY HOST SUCCESSFUL CARNIVAL After an action packed long weekend of Polocrosse at Morgan Park over the May long weekend the action moved to Killarney last weekend as the Killarney Club hosted their popular annual carnival. Conditions were cool but the competition was certainly hot with teams from the Gold Coast, Stanley Rivers, Tansey, Cunningham, Litchfield and Warwick joining local players for two days of tough competition. The Gold Coast were the overall winners
of the A grade competition. Visiting Gold Coast rider John Franklin won the Best Horse and Rider in the A Grade. The Litchfield team were successful in the B Grade with a win over Gold Coast. Their rider Brian Davidge named Best Horse and Rider in B Grade. The C Grade final was an all Warwick Affair with Warwick Four defeating Warwick Three. Bridget Shepherd took out Best horse and Rider. Visitors from Stanley Rivers took out the D Grade final defeating Cunningham Three. Cunningham rider Catherine Forster - Best Horse and Rider. Gold Coast Three were successful in the E Grade final with a win over Cunningham Five and Cunningham rider Connor Feltham took out the Best Horse and Rider. The A Grade Junior competition was won by Gold Coast who defeated Stanley Rivers. Gold Coast rider Annie Brosnan took out the Best Horse and Rider in the Junior competition. Local player Abby Dempsey of Killarney won the Patron's Trophy. The Killarney Club and community once again stepped up and provided great hospitality and facilities for the big weekend of competition. WARWICK WOLVES TURN IT ON FOR FANS Fans of the Warwick Wolves rugged up and braved the icy conditions to support their side when they took on Gatton at Queen's Park on Saturday night. They were rewarded with a 3-0 win a big turnaround from their last meeting where they suffered a 4-1 loss. Jesse Harris opened the scoring with a goal in the first half, Brad Cook starred in both halves find the back of the net on two occasions. It was an impressive performance from the younger players who backed up after playing a full game of under 16/17 earlier and the coach Mick Wilmott was delighted with their performance and the effort of the whole squad. The Wolves are now sitting in fourth spot on the premiership ladder. ROUND 10 NRL Round 10 resembled the Titanic disaster for many tipsters but spare a thought for some of the NRL Coaches who after last weekend surely must be wondering why they didn't choose an easier career like croc wrangling or the like. â—?
Kerr def. Team no 6 - no names +10 -10; H. Lasak def. C. Johnson +11 -11. Congratulations to Bill Buckel and Tim Gallagher on winning the Jackpot, and also on winning the Dominos Pizza Vouchers. Sincere thanks to Dominos for sponsoring the Jack Pot Pairs. Coming Events for May: Wed. 16th: Christensen's & Valentine's sponsored bowls. Sat. 19th: Social. Wed. 23rd: K.F.C. sponsored bowls. Wed. 30th: To be advised.
Jamie Riches 95.2 (standard) Hamish Riches 74 (standard) Next week we will be at the 500 yard mound on Sunday 20th May. Sign on at 8.30am for 9.00am start, contact Margaret on 4666 1018 for more information.
CASEY'S TIPS PANTHERS, EELS, BRONCOS, TITANS, COWBOYS, SEA EAGLES, DRAGONS, SHARKS
AROUND THE GROUNDS WARWICK BOWLS CLUB The Monthly Triples were played on Tuesday 1st May. No notes in this week as the score cards of Teams No. 5, 7, 8, 10, and 12 had no teams names written on them it is impossible for the Scribe to know who they were. Also there was no information as to who won on the day. Social bowls was played on 2nd May. Result: R. Forbes, G. Niven, T. Gallagher def. B. Maunder, T. Pritchard, D. Phillips 19-16. Self Selected Pairs Competition commenced last Saturday, 5th May. Results: T. Wright, M. Holder def. J. Cutmore, A. Naylor 35-7. B. Black, D. Warr def. D. Christensen, E. Welsh - no card. J & S Lasak def. T. Seaniger, J. Simpson 23-13. J. Rickard, P. Collis def. M. Balfour, S. Tyter 25-14. Result of the next round played on 12th May: D. Warr, B. Black def. E. Welsh, D. Christensen 17-16. This would have been a classic game to watch as the two teams were tied on 16 all on the 21st End. An extra End had to be played resulting in Doug and Brian winning by 1 point with their last bowl. freetimes.com.au
J & S Lasak def. R. Forbes, T. Pritchard 64-6.Congratulations to Russell and Tony for having a go - all good experience. Call up for the Semi Final, to be played on Saturday 19th May, is as follows: D. Warr, B. Black verse T. Wright, M. Holder. J & S Lasak verse J. Rickard, P. Collis. Result of Jack Pot Pairs on 9th May - 1st Round: P. Seipelt, T. Seaniger def. ?, C. Johnson -4 -4. J. & H. Lasak def. B. Buckel, T. Gallagher +13 -13. I. Gambrill, S. Tyter def. K. Bloomfield, B. Christensen +10 -10. D. Phillips, S. Lasak def. G. Niven, E. Welsh +3 -3. G. Dent, D. Christensen def. R. Hansen. R. Bean +2 -2. S. Kettle, D. Warr def. Team no. 6 - no names +12 -12. P. & G. Kerr def. A. Naylor, R. Smith +3 -3. Result 2nd Round - Skip's name only: T. Seaniger def. R. Smith +4 -4; T. Gallagher, def. S. Tyter +4 -4; B. Christensen def. S. Lasak +8 -8; D. Christensen def. E. Welsh +5 -5; R. Bean tied with D. Warr 0; G.
SOUTHERN DOWNS RIFLE CLUB Results for Sunday 13th May 2018 400 yards F Class: Dave Taylor 116.4 (open) Murray Reck 115.4 (open) Bruce McAllan 114.4 (standard) Paul Findlay 113.4 (factory) Margaret Taylor 112.2 (open) Daryl Reck 103 (standard)
WARWICK EAST BOWLS CLUB On Saturday the men will be sponsoring the ladies for a Mother's Day social bowls afternoon. As well as the usual prizes there will afternoon tea, a raffle and another chance at winning the jackpot, which will stand at $177 + $1 per Saturday player. Please show you appreciation of the ladies of our club by making every effort to attend. Phone the club on 4661 9050 between 12.00 and 12.30 if you would like to play. There will be no social bowls on Saturday 26th May, as we will be hosting Gaythorne Bowls Club for a visit on Sunday 27th May. Cost will be $10 green fees + $10 lunch. There is a sign-on sheet on the noticeboard for you to indicate your attendance.
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