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MORE TO LOVE The editor’s desk I had the pleasure of catching up with my good friend and local author - and one-time Free Times employee - Deb Wheeler for this week's cover story (see pages 4&5). With Anzac Day next week it was a good opportunity to help Deb promote her latest book, 'My Pop Was A Kangaroo ANZAC', for children and adults alike, with part of the proceeds from sales of the book going to Mates4Mates, a very worthy charity which supports injured Aussie veterans. With various flashpoints of current and potential military conflict in our world at the present time, Anzac Day will once again provide us with an opportunity to reflect on the selfless sacrifices made by Australians during times of war. As a fellow writer - well, a journalist - I understand Deb's passion for the written word and having helped promote some of her previous works of military history I can attest that her research abilities are second to none. I'd encourage Free Times readers to purchase a copy of 'My Pop Was A Kangaroo ANZAC' and also to head along to Deb's readings from the book as part of the upcoming 2019 Southern Downs Heritage Festival details in this week's story. Jeremy Sollars

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Warwick author Deborah Wheeler has kindly provided the Southern Free Times with three signed first-edition copies of her latest book, 'My Pop Was A Kangaroo ANZAC' to give away to three lucky readers. To be in the draw visit www.freetimes.com.au and click on the 'Competitions' link ... and see our cover story on pages 4 & 5.

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RURAL LINKS Vegans fail in attempt to disrupt our local meat industry - and a tasty recipe to boot - pages 16-17.

LEST WE FORGET Anzac Day Service times around the region - and our latest veterans' memorials officially opened - page 18.

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WHO’S RUNNING FOR MARANOA... Enjoyed the first week of the federal election campaign? In case you've been living under a rock lately, Prime Minister Scott Morrison last Thursday announced the federal election will be held on Saturday May 18. Candidates for our federal seat of Maranoa so far are sitting MP David Littleproud (LNP), Linda Little (ALP), Rosemary Moulden (Pauline Hanson's One Nation), Anthony Wallis (Katter's Australian Party, KAP) and Emmeline Chidley (Greens). Buckle in for another month's worth of electioneering - the Free Times will invite statements from all candidates on their commitments to Maranoa if elected, so keep an eye out for these over the next four weeks. Maranoa - one of the largest electorates in the country - takes in the Warwick and Stanthorpe regions and stretches all the way to the South Australia, Northern Territory and New South Wales borders and as far north as Winton and Barcaldine. ALP candidate Linda Little's online profile states she lives on a farm with her husband Phil and their two foster children, and that she has "extensive experience in

small business, farming, and retail". Rosemary Moulden lives on a cattle property at Murrays Bridge east of Warwick and has a background in health care as a registered nurse both in Australia and overseas, and currently assists her husband in farming and property management and frequently caring for their grandchildren. Anthony Wallis of Katter's Australian Party describes himself as a "fifth generation farmer" growing dryland cereals and running meat sheep and managing the family farming business, and he is married with four children. Emmeline Chidley's online profile says she "grew up in regional Queensland", works in "retail management" and cites climate change, access to education, business support, free TAFEs, universities and dental care, mental health services and chronic and emergency health care as her priorities. David Littleproud was elected as the federal member for Maranoa at the 2016 election, representing the Liberal National Party (LNP). Mr Littleproud - who is a father of three and has a previous background in banking and finance - is

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Emmeline Chidley Greens. the Federal Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources. It is understood he will campaign at the forthcoming federal election under the 'Nationals' banner. Maranoa is currently the safest LNP federal seat in Queensland - and the eighth-safest for the LNP nationally - and is held by Mr Littleproud with a margin of 17.5 per cent. One Nation finished ahead of the ALP in Maranoa at the 2016 federal election. ●

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NEW WASTE CONTRACTOR ANNOUNCED BY JEREMY SOLLARS The Southern Downs Regional Council last week awarded its household waste collection and bulk waste haulage contract to Cleanaway Pty Ltd after a tender process which opened in late 2018, ending a decadelong association with JJ Richards. In a statement released last Friday 12 April, the council's Director of Infrastructure Services Graham O'Byrne said the new contract would see a "new era of waste collection in the Southern Downs". It is understood JJ Richards employs seven staff at the Warwick and Stanthorpe central waste facilities and that those staff were advised within the last fortnight that the firm's contract would end. "Southern Downs Regional Council and Cleanaway are finalising a new contract that will deliver domestic waste and recycling collection and processing services for the region," Mr O'Byrne said. "SDRC awarded the contract after undertaking a comprehensive market sounding and open tender process in late 2018. "JJ Richards has serviced and supported our community well through a range of

activities, and council thanks them for their service to our region. "As with every tender, SDRC sought to procure services that represented value for money, would provide excellent customer service and would deliver solutions to waste collection and recycling processing." "SDRC will provide further details on the new domestic waste collection and bulk haulage services once council and Cleanaway have finalised commercial arrangements." The Free Times had been asking the council for comment on the status of the waste contract for several weeks and up until this week they had declined, citing 'commercial in confidence' reasons. It was earlier understood the change-over to the new contractor was expected to happen at the end of the current financial year. It is also understood a range of external consultants were engaged by the council to assist with negotiations over the new contract. The council is currently calling for tenders for the supervision and management of waste transfer stations

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COVER STORY Cover photo: Warwick author Deb Wheeler's latest book holds a special place in her heart.

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ith Anzac Day a week away today Warwick author Deborah Wheeler is putting her support behind injured veterans to ensure they have access to rehabilitation services to aid with recovery. Deb's latest book, 'My Pop was a Kangaroo ANZAC', tells the story of her grandfather, William James Wheeler, who was one of the original Wagga Wagga Kangaroo ANZACs and who suffered a serious arm injury during World War I. Deb is encouraging locals and people around Australia to purchase a copy of the book and pay it forward by donating a second book to a local school. Every book sold will support Mates4Mates, a not-for-profit providing support and rehabilitation services to current and ex-serving Defence Force members who have physical or

psychological injures as a result of their service, and their families. Deb says raising funds to support rehabilitation for veterans is a cause close to her heart. "After joining the Australian Imperial Forces during World War I, Pop left Wagga Wagga on December 1 1915 for Sydney, as part of the Kangaroo recruitment march before setting sail," Deb told the Free Times. "He later returned to Australia where he lived in Sydney until his death in 1961. "Pop almost lost his arm in the war and had to have 21 surgeries and wear a brace for the rest of his life which had an impact on him. "I've decided to support Mates4Mates through the sale of the book because I know Pop would have supported an organisation that helps to rehabilitate veterans." Deb is passionate about raising funds and providing the book to schools as an educational resource. "It's my vision to see 'My Pop was a

Kangaroo ANZAC' in every school in Australia, giving children an educational and informative account of the Kangaroo Anzacs," she said. "Either people can donate it to a school of their choice, or I can donate it to a school in need. "This book will help young people understand that those who went to war were just everyday men, doing their bit to protect their family and the country that they loved. "The book has been illustrated in a such a way that younger children can understand the storyline just through the pictures, and older children and adults can read the narrative to get a better understanding of what happened. "The message I am trying to get across is that if you have a disability it doesn't mean you're useless - my Pop led a very active and successful life. "I've had a really positive response so far and I'm happy that through the sale of the book I can also support a worthwhile cause."

Books have been a passion of Deb's her entire life - she worked as a library technician for more than 20 years - but writing itself and her other major passion, historical and particularly military research, came to her relatively recently. Also a keen lawn bowler, Deb created the 'Travelling Bowler' publication 12 years ago after a close friend and fellow bowler from the north Queensland town of 1770 was forced to travel to Brisbane for medical treatment and wanted to find a club to have a bowl during that time. Deb discovered there was no central point of information for bowlers to link up with clubs outside their home town and as a result the 'Travelling Bowler' - these days fully online - was born. It led to Deb later being approached by the Mandurah Bowls Club in Western Australia to compile and write the history of their club, and in following years history publications for the Applethorpe, Severnlea and Thulimbah State Schools.

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Then, in 2014, she was approached by the Stanthorpe RSL Sub-Branch to write the history of the former Kyoomba Sanatorium, where Australian Diggers afflicted by mustard gas from the trenches of World War 1 were sent to convalesce. As well as 'My Pop Was A Kangaroo ANZAC', Deb's military-related works include 'Tales of a Military Medal Recipient and a Lancaster Bomber Rear Gunner' which describes the war service of veterans Stephen Flood and Tom Phillips - now both deceased. Deb and partner Ross run the gorgeous 'Grafton Rose' bed and breakfast in Warwick - the home was built in 1902 - but writing is Deb's primary occupation and she can be found at her desk in her comfortable writing room seven days a week. Deb recently discovered she has mild dyslexia - perhaps not the most helpful condition for a writer - but it has never affected her love of words. "I'd known from a young age there was something going on because I was always such a terrible speller at school," Deb laughs. "It was the age of teaching with phonetics. "I remember being at my convent school and Sister Juanita asked the class, 'What are martyrs?' "I piped up and said, 'They're them red things you buy at the shops!' "I just didn't have any distinction between words. "My friend and editor of 'My Pop Was A Kangaroo ANZAC' Jane Rheeder was the one who spotted it - she's a teacher and has a son with dyslexia and she picked it up through my speech patterns. "With my writing it just means I sometimes have to stop and think about a particular word and I always have my huge Chambers dictionary right by my side. "I can recognise word structure - I wouldn't say I have a photographic memory but I have really good written word recall and of course spell check is essential. "But I do get confused with commas."

SUPPORT INJURED VETERANS ... Deb Wheeler will donate $2 from the sale of every copy of 'My Pop Was A Kangaroo ANZAC' directly to Mates4Mates. The book is on sale for $20, including postage, from www.deborahcwheeler.com Mates4Mates Family Recovery Centre Manager Marc Diplock has thanked Deb for supporting Mates4Mates through the sale of her book. "Funds raised through initiatives like this enable us to provide support and rehabilitation services to all ADF members who have injures as a result of their service," Marc said. "We offer tailored services from

psychological support to physical rehabilitation activities, adventure challenges, employment support, and peer support through social connection activities. "With over 3700 registered Mates and family members - we rely on the generosity and support from people like Deborah to help make a difference." To find out more about Mates4Mates or to fundraise, visit mates4mates.org or phone 1300 4 MATES. · ANZAC DAY SERVICE TIMES & MORE - PAGE 18.

BOOKS BY DEBORAH WHEELER ... · 2018 - My Pop was a Kangaroo ANZAC · 2018 - Kyoomba Sanatorium 1916-1935 Volume II · 2018 - Kyoomba Sanatorium 1916-1935 Volume I · 2016 - Kyoomba Sanatorium - Set of 5 broadsheets · 2015 - Tales of a Military Medal Recipient and a Lancaster Bomber Rear Gunner · 2015 - I Remember in 2015 Deb's Kyoomba works and broadsheets, along with 'Tales of a Military Medal Recipient and a Lancaster Bomber Rear Gunner' have been accepted into the Australian War Memorial (AWM) reference collection, while 'My Pop Was A Kangaroo ANZAC' has been accepted into the AWM's Education Programs Collection. Her military works have been supported with funding the Southern Downs Regional Council, the Regional Arts Development Fund and the Queensland Government.

HERITAGE WEEK ... Deb Wheeler will be speaking about her books relating to the Kyoomba Sanatorium and the forgotten soldiers who were patients there as part of the upcoming 2019 Southern Downs Heritage Festival. Join Deb in her beautiful period home 'Grafton Rose' - 134 Grafton Street, Warwick - and listen to her talk on 'Our Forgotten Anzacs' - cost is just $2 and proceeds will be donated to Mates4Mates. For bookings call 4667 0151. For those who wish to stay and talk with Deborah why not just sit back and enjoy a delicious homemade Devonshire Tea. Cost $12 with $2 going to Mates4Mates. Times ... 10am-11am · Saturday 27 April · Sunday 28 April · Wednesday 1 May · Thursday 2 May · Friday 3 May · Saturday 4 May · Sunday 5 May · Monday 6 May ●

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$5 MILLION FOR PIPELINE EXTENSION BY JEREMY SOLLARS The first sod has been officially 'turned' on a $5 million project to extend Warwick's recycled water pipeline network to the industrial estates off McEvoy and Kenilworth Streets, but no businesses have signed up for access to date. Queensland Local Government Minister Stirling Hinchliffe visited Warwick last Friday 12 April and along with Southern Downs Mayor Tracy Dobie performed a sod-turning ceremony at the Warwick Wastewater Treatment Plant. Recycled water from the plant is currently supplied to the Warwick Golf Club, sports grounds in Queens Park, Warwick State High School and Leslie Park from a storage reservoir at Barnes Park in Glennie Heights. The water is currently treated to 'Class A' standard which means it can safely come into skin contact with humans but cannot be used for drinking or for any commercial operation involving food production, with such water required by national regulations to be treated to 'Class A+' standard. The $5 million pipeline extension is jointly funded 50-50 by the council and the Queensland Government, with the Federal Government having allocated separate funding of $790,000 for a further extension at an unspecified future time beyond the industrial estates, to locations Maranoa MP David Littleproud has said could include "intensive poultry/egg production in the

Warwick area", without identifying specific businesses. But a council spokeswoman last week said the $790,000 in federal funding "is to further extend recycled water beyond the Saleyards to the back of Big W and close to Williams Eggs to extend the network even further". Mr Hinchliffe and Cr Dobie spoke at length during the minister's visit last Friday about the benefits the next stage of the pipeline extension will bring to local businesses in Warwick's industrial estates, and about how it will reduce pressure on treated drinking water supplies in Warwick, Allora and Yangan. But Cr Dobie conceded no formal agreements have yet been signed for its use, with charging to be at lower levels than what the council charges residents and businesses for town water. What is known at this point is that the pipeline extension will include the truck wash at the Warwick Saleyards - currently closed due to the region's extreme water restrictions - which at present uses treated town drinking water. At last week's sod-turning Cr Dobie told the Free Times there was no current plan by the council to upgrade its recycled water to 'Class A+' but that food production and related businesses - such as Grove Juice and Integria Healthcare - could install the necessary equipment to treat the water to that standard at their own expense.

Mayor Tracy Dobie and Stirling Hinchliffe turning the sod last Friday. The amount of recycled water produced by the Warwick Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) at the end of Wentworth Street is directly related to the volume of wastewater - both greywater and sewage - produced by local households and businesses in any given week, and with the water restrictions currently in place recycled water coming from the WWTP is at a lower than average level. The WWTP also releases untreated 'Class C' water to Lyndhurst Stud directly across the Condamine River under a free arrangement which has been in place for some decades, although the council says

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NEWS "The Association rejects the report's assertions that a new Granite Belt Council would need to employ 65 per cent more staff than the old Stanthorpe Council did, and raise current rates by 82 per cent," Rev Colyer said last week. "The QTC states in the report that the figures it used were supplied by Council and includes a disclaimer that the figures could not be relied upon. "They're right there. "The Council-supplied figures were grossly wrong and dishonest. "No wonder QTC was eager to publicly distance itself from them." Rev Colyer said the QTC's estimate of the staff that would be required by a new Granite Belt council as an "unbelievable exaggeration, quite literally". "It is small wonder the corporation then concluded that rates for the new Council would rise by 82 per cent," he said. "The report was a deeply abused process. "Rather than examine the Granite Belt's de-amalgamation proposal, they instead reviewed a totally different proposal supplied by Southern Downs Council, which was based on totally different criteria. "When you read the report, it acknowledges that's what happened. "Nine meetings were held between the SDRC working group and QTC during preparation of the report. "No meetings were held with GBCA and the QTC made no requests for information from the association. "Council's exaggerated costing of our proposal was examined while our actual proposal was ignored along with its

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WHERE TO FROM HERE? As well as the claimed unviable cost of establishing a new Granite Belt council Mayor Tracy Dobie and council CEO David Keenan said at last Thursday's media conference that splitting the region in two would result in "lost opportunities" for both councils and a significant reduction in the current council's "purchasing power" and ability to raise QTC loans. When asked by the Free Times if the council accepted the QTC's findings Mayor Tracy Dobie said it would be "up to each individual councillor" to decide if they support or oppose de-amalgamation, with a vote of councillors due at the next general meeting on Tuesday 30 April. Mr Hinchliffe has previously stated that if the council supports de-amalgamation and if it can be proven to be financially viable the issue would be put to a region-

Rev Alan Colyer and Amanda Harrold of the Granite Belt Community Association. Picture: File image wide vote of all current council residents.

NO FIRM FIGURES The council engaged two external consultants - Greg Hoffmann and Grassroots Connections Australia - to review the GBCA business case and had previously stated the consultants would cost ratepayers anything up to $40,000. At last week's media conference Cr Dobie and Mr Keenan were unable to provide a final figure on the cost of the consultants when asked by the Free Times, but Cr Dobie said she was confident it would come in at "well under" $40,000. Mr Keenan said the cost of internal staff time spent on de-amalgamation analysis was estimated at somewhere between $50,000 and $60,000.

SECOND RALLY ... The Granite Belt Community Association will hold its second public rally on de-amalgamation on Sunday 28 April, to update the community on where the campaign is at. The rally will be held at C F White Oval, Harris Street, 11am for an 11.30am start. ●

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responsible costing. "It seems the only way to have our proposal considered impartially will be to submit it to the Government's Change Commission. "We'll be asking the Local Government Minister, Stirling Hinchliffe, to do that." The Free Times this week asked Mr Hinchliffe if he would commit to the GBCA request to refer the business case to the Change Commission and received the following response from a spokesman "Council is voting on whether to ask the Minister to refer the de-amalgamation proposal to the Change Commission on 30th April," the spokesman said. "The minister will assess the decision of council once they have voted."

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From page 8 But equally as significant is a claim by the GBCA that the QTC did not review the business case it compiled on de-amalgamation with the help of expert consultants it engaged, but rather information supplied by the council itself. Also, the QTC report contains a "disclaimer" which reads as follows "The information in this document is provided by QTC in good faith in relation to the information available at the time of preparation and on the basis of information supplied to QTC by the Southern Downs Regional Council. QTC has not in any way audited or independently verified the information provided to it by Southern Downs Regional Council. Accordingly, QTC does not represent that the information contained in this document is accurate or complete and it should not be relied upon as such." Mayor Tracy Dobie told today's media conference that such a disclaimer was "standard" on all reports and findings compiled by the QTC, and stated that the QTC had in fact reviewed the GBCA business case. GBCA president Rev Alan Colyer last week called on the Queensland Government - which will have the final say on deamalgamation - to "ignore" the QTC report and on Local Government Minister Stirling Hinchliffe to refer the GBCA business case to the Local Government Change Commission as the next stage of the process. Members of the GBCA held a brief meeting with Mr Hinchliffe during a visit he made to Warwick last Friday 12 April.

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2019 ADINA POLOCROSSE WORLD CUP The 2019 Adina Polocrosse World Cup gets underway this weekend and the 'No Vacancy' signs are out in force in Warwick and surrounding towns. The World Cup will be the largest international sporting event ever held in rural Australia, with organisers estimating the event will attract more than 60,000 people, including 2000 international visitors. Players and spectators from New Zealand, South Africa, USA, UK, Ireland, Zambia and Zimbabwe will join the Australians at Morgan Park to battle it out for the glory of being named the world's best. CEO of Southern Queensland Country Tourism, Mary-Clare Power, says the event is expected to inject more than $5 million into the local economy. "We are really excited to host the Adina Polocrosse World Cup in Southern Queensland Country and look forward to the challenge of catering for the largest international event ever held in rural Australia," Mary-Clare said. "Events are a fantastic way to attract visitors and we will be actively looking to promote dispersal throughout the region, particularly among interstate and international visitors. "We are also working with the event organisers and Southern Downs Regional Council to promote pre-and-post event travel, highlighting our key experience pillars of regional flavours, natural beauty and history and heritage. "Hosting the World Cup is a wonderful opportunity to showcase Southern Queensland and we are looking forward to seeing the benefit that the event has on the region's economy," she said. The Polocrosse World Cup will be held at Warwick's Morgan Park from Monday 22 to Sunday 28 April 2019. Polocrosse is one of only three homegrown Australian sports, along with Aussie

The World Cup will be the largest international sporting event ever held in rural Australia. Rules football and Campdrafting. Key events ... · Grudge match under lights - Australia v Zambia, Thursday 25 April at 7.30pm. Zambia knocked Australia out of the 2015 World Cup in South Africa, so competition will be fierce as the players take to the field to see who will be victorious in 2019 · Night matches - Thursday 25, Friday 26 and Saturday 27 April. Experience the atmosphere of watching this great sport under lights at one of the night matches. Two matches will be held each night on

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GALLERY COMMITTEE REMAINS UPBEAT ON CURRENT SITE The Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery (SRAG) will be staying where it is indefinitely after the federal government declined a funding application to build a new facility. Gallery director Mary Findlay told the Free Times she and the Southern Downs Regional Council's gallery steering committee are "not discouraged" and will continue to seek other sources of funding for a potential new gallery in the future. "Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery definitely needs more room but for the moment we are happy to stay in the lovely gallery at Weeroona Park," Mary said. "A gem treasured by the local community, the gallery has had their support for a very long time. "Many interested folks have been asking the big question - is the gallery moving? "Late last year the council applied for the Federal Government's Building Better Regions Funding Program (BBRF) to build a bespoke gallery in Stanthorpe. "Unfortunately the SDRC was not successful in its application. "Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery is highly regarded and an important cultural asset for the region attracting 14,000 visitors in 2018. "This arts hub is ever increasing its 12 SOUTHERN FREE TIMES

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The Stanthorpe Art Gallery is staying put - at least for the time being. public profile and has increased its public programs by 80 per cent. "The gallery is part of the big picture of creative economies and underpinning and diversifying the economic base of our community. "So where to from now? "With an expansive and valuable collection the gallery is in great need of more space to have specific area to continually exhibit this wonderful collection and also exhibit local art and bring interesting and diverse exhibitions to the region. "The success of this project is not solely reliant on securing BBRF.

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"There are other sources of funding to explore from State and Federal governments. "SRAG and the SDRC steering committee are not discouraged. "The Southern Downs Regional Council will continue to seek alternative funding and grants for this important project. "The council has registered SRAG on the Australian Local Government Association's National Register for Community Infrastructure. "The register assists with strengthening bids for Federal Government funding to assist councils to undertake important projects that meet community needs.

"The Federal Government's Building Better Region's Fund will open for another round in 2020 and SRAG and the community should not be deterred from submitting another funding application." Mary said the council is committed to the continual development of the region and will continue to pursue all reasonable avenues to progress this exciting project "The expansion and upgrade of the gallery ensures its longevity for future generations and is a part of council's longterm plan for the region which will support wellbeing of the community and also the diversification of our economy," she said. "The goal is to enhance Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery and ensure it continues as a premier facility for the arts and tourism, and a cultural hub for the community and visitors to the region "In undertaking a project of this size, there will be challenges and setbacks but the community, council and SRAG will continue to work together and stay focused on the ultimate goal - supporting Stanthorpe and the Granite Belt's identity as an art and culture destination with an even bigger and better gallery, with quality exhibitions of both local and national significance." ● freetimes.com.au


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SOME COUNTRY HOSPITALITY The Darling Downs Hotel, more commonly known as the Sandy Creek Pub, is the perfect place to stop, relax and unwind from your day with a tasty meal. The historical hotel features wide verandahs and a rustic beer garden and is situated about 10km outside Warwick on Sandy Creek Road at the start of the Sprint Route through to Leyburn. The Sandy Creek Pub is renowned for its fabulous and mouth-watering meals. The staff provide true country hospitality and cold refreshing drinks are available all year round. Enjoy a snack, play a game of pool or try your luck on one of the gaming machines. Publicans Kevin & Karen Kiley are always happy to have a chat over a cool drink, so don't drive by, stop in and say hello. The Sandy Creek Pub is located at 345

ROAD-TRIP HAVEN FOR ALL Ballandean Tavern Motel is the perfect place to tuck into a scrumptious meal or unwind and share a few laughs during your road-trip. Naomi and her husband Stephen Day recently took over the Tavern and they said their Tavern is the perfect setting for a break. "Staying with us for just one night or five, Ballandean Tavern Motel is the perfect location for that much needed break, ideally situated 20km from Stanthorpe's CBD in the heart of Granite Belt Wine Region and only a short drive from some of the region's most popular attractions," they said. "Stop in for a game of pool, a few laughs and a drink out on the veranda, looking

over the beautiful Ballandean Valley." Enjoy a meal and indulge in a glass of local Ballandean wine at their stylish restaurant where lunch is available from midday and dinner from 6pm. Amenities at their motel include three rooms with queen and single beds, a disabled room, flat-screen television, an electric jug and toaster, microwave, air conditioning and meals available. The Ballandean Tavern is located on the corner of St Judes Lane and Eukey Road, Ballandean. Phone 07 4684 1044 to make a booking. ●

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Naomi Day, one of the new owners of Ballandean Tavern Motel. Kylie and Bob in the hotel's relaxed and comfortable bistro. and lunch from 12pm to 2pm, with a $10 lunch special from Tuesday to Friday. Tuesday night's dinner special is a $12 T-bone with chips, salad and gravy, and Wednesday night's is a $12 chicken schnitzel with chips, salad and gravy. Happy Hour is from 5pm to 6pm Monday to Sunday, with the 'Jag The Joker' jackpot board a popular tradition of a Sunday night. The Yangan Hotel Motel has a Newcastle soloist coming on Sunday 22 July 22 from 2pm - Kieran Wicks, who is doing a film clip launch tour. The hotel is also raising funds for a defibrillator for Yangan - donations can be made at the hotel or at the post office. Dinner bookings are preferred, particularly at the weekend - call the Yangan Hotel on 4664 8190. Closed on Good Friday this week. ●

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ENJOY A TRIP TO THE TAVERN THIS EASTER Looking for a scrumptious meal or indulge in a glass of local Ballandean wine at our stylish restaurant. Lunch available from midday and dinner from 6pm Stop in for a game of pool, a few laughs and a drink out on the verandah, looking over the beautiful Ballandean Valley. The perfect location for that much needed break, ideally situated 20km from Stanthorpe's CBD in the heart of Granite Belt Wine Region and only a short drive from some of the regions most popular attractions.

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It's a lifestyle many could handle - changing down from the big smoke to running a pub in a picture-perfect country town. That's just what Kylie and Bob Friend did in 2016 when they took over the lease on the Yangan Hotel Motel. It was a chance spotting of an online ad that found them checking out the pub and the town back in May last year, and the decision was an easy one. "We were looking at caravan parks in rural areas around Lismore and northern New South Wales as business opportunities but when this came up we thought we'd come and have a look and that was it," Kylie explains. Located on the scenic Cedar Route which winds its way through the rolling countryside east of Warwick towards the range, the pub caters for the passing tourist crowd of a weekend, as well as the regular locals. The hotel has four comfortable and very affordable accommodation units but some of the travellers like to rough it a bit with their swags. "We get motorcycle and car groups coming through and a lot of them like to just sleep in their swags out the back," Bob said. "We allow free camping for them and for the caravan travellers. "A lot of it is just word of mouth." The hotel is open for dinner in the bistro every night of the week from 6pm to 8pm,

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COMPLAINT LAID OVER "INVASION" BY JEREMY SOLLARS Carey Brothers abattoir owner Greg Carey has made a formal complaint to the Queensland Police Stock Squad in relation to a horde of animal activists who invaded the abattoir on Monday 8 April, as part of a 'national day of vegan action'. More than 100 activists travelled in a convoy of vehicles from Brisbane and elsewhere to the Yangan plant in the early hours of the morning and 20 of them illegally gained access to the interior of the abattoir where they chained themselves to equipment and disrupted normal operations. After more than two hours of negotiation with abattoir management and police - Greg Carey himself was on holidays in north Queensland at the time - they finally agreed to leave shortly before 6am after being given three of Carey Brothers' own lambs, which were later transferred to a Brisbane animal sanctuary. But it is understood members of the group or other activists trespassed on the abattoir the Sunday before, where they poured ammonia into the stock pens near the kill floor in an apparent attempt to discourage livestock from moving onto the race leading to the kill floor. A local producer unloading livestock on the Sunday afternoon later reported a strong odour of ammonia, and on the Monday morning two abattoir staff were overcome by ammonia fumes and had to be taken to Warwick Hospital for treatment. They were back at work on the Tuesday. It is also understood activists broken into the abattoir on an earlier occasion to install covert cameras to film slaughtering operations. After leaving the abattoir on the Monday morning the group harassed Freestone dairy farmers the Christensen family before

bolting prior to the arrival of police. Free Times readers were furious no arrests were made or charges laid at the time, but Greg Carey did not lodge his formal police complaint until late last week. A spokesman for Queensland Police Media confirmed they had received the complaint but said that "due to the nature of the ongoing investigation, there is no further information that can be released at this stage". Producers across Queensland have been highly critical of the ALP Palaszczuk Government for its weak response on activist farm invasions since the advent of the 'Aussie Farms' vegan action website. The government has said it will give

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STAFF "TRAUMATISED" Greg Carey described the invasion of his abattoir as part of a "conspiracy to disrupt agriculture in Australia." "Monday is always a huge day for us and at the time it was really just a matter of getting those people out of there," Greg told the Free Times last week. "These are people who have nothing better to do with their time than try to shut

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Councillor for Economic Development, Regional Promotion and Tourism - and WCDAMC committee member - Rod Kelly said the memorial wall and dais adds to the region’s already impressive ANZAC Day, Remembrance Day and Vietnam Veterans Day commemorations. “The Warwick Community Development ANZAC Memorial Committee first organised in early 2016 with Johnno Felton as the Chairperson and we have been planning this project since then,” Cr Kelly said. “We have very dedicated members that have worked hard fundraising and finding the resources needed to complete this important project. “Along with the new March of the Dungarees Memorial, the memorial wall and dais now make Leslie Park a centre for residents and visitors wanting to learn more about our region’s military history.” Construction of the sandstone memorial wall and dais commenced in September 2018 and was completed earlier this month. It was officially unveiled last Sunday by Mayor Tracy Dobie and David Littleproud at a dedication ceremony held by the Warwick RSL Sub Branch. ●

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COMMUNITY DIARY SENIOR CITIZENS Warwick Senior Citizens monthly activities are held at 13a Albert Street, Warwick. First Monday of each month - Hoy (cards) from 2pm. First Tuesday of each month - Friendship morning from 9am. Every Monday - 500 (cards) from 9am-11.30am. Every Tuesday - TAI CHI from 9am. Every Wednesday - Indoor bowls from 9.30am11.30am. Every Friday - Crazy Whist (cards) from 9am-11.30am. Subscription is $10 per year and covers all activities. For information phone Margaret on 0458 444 101, or Fay on 0424 287 121.

HEART SUPPORT The Warwick Heart Support Group meets on the last Monday of each month (except December and January) in the Founder's Room at Slade Campus at 11am. Lunch is held after a short meeting. Every second meeting a guest speaker attends. A warm welcome awaits any person who may have experienced a Heart issue. For more information phone Norm on 4661 5421 or Jenny on 4664 8173.

TOASTMASTERS At Warwick Toastmasters Club you can meet new friends, hone your public speaking skills and build your confidence in a friendly supportive atmosphere. We meet every 2nd and 4th Tuesday, CWA Hall on Grafton Street - 7-9pm. Everyone is welcome to attend as a guest (free), so why not find out what Toastmasters is all about! For more info, call Alice on 0402 032 502.

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Warwick Over 50s Social Club will meet at The Coutry Diner, Killarney from 12 noon. Contact warwickssc@gmail.com or Jen on 0400 505 943.

The Sew Crafty Chicks hold their craft morning every Friday at the Warwick Bowls Club from 9am to 11.30am. Everyone welcome - come along and enjoy good company, morning tea and time to work on your own projects or learn some new ones. Cosy just $5. The Warwick Bowls Club is located in Fitzroy Street opposite the Warwick Police Station. Enquiries to Yvonne on 4667 3194 or 0427 673 194.

FRIDAY 26 APRIL Twilight at the Rectory will be on Friday 26 April at St. Mark's, crn Grafton and Albion Streets from 5.30pm - 8.30pm. $10 includes food, with cash bar, entertainment by the Four Bows string quartet. Contact Sue on 0427 962 281.

26 - 28 APRIL St. Mark's Heritage Open Days will be on Friday 26, Saturday 27, and Sunday 28 April at St. Mark's, crn Grafton & Albion Streets, Warwick. Guided Tours 2pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday, gold coin donation. Afternoon teas on the Rectory Veranda from 1.30pm - 3.30pm.

SUNDAY 28 APRIL Travelling Country Music Club Social will be at the Cowboys Clubhouse in Queens Park, Alice Street from 10.30am. Cost for the day is $8 per adult and $4 for children. Lunch will be included in the cost plus endless cups of tea or coffee all day and afternoon tea. If you can sing, play music, or recite poems, or would just like to listen to music come along and enjoy the day. Phone Del on

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SUNDAY 9 JUNE Over 50's Social Club meeting at midday at the Country Diner, Killarney. Contact warwickssc@gmail.com or Jen 04005059

SUNDAY 16 JUNE The Warwick East Bowls Club Hoy and Cent Sale will be on Sunday 16 June at the Warwick East Bowls Club, 1 Lyon's St. Warwick from 1pm. Admission $5, raffles, 50c 2nd Board, lucky door. Come along and join in the fun.

SUNDAY 23 JUNE Travelling Country Music Club Social will be on Sunday 23 June at the Cowboys

Clubhouse in Queens Park, Alice Street from 10.30am. Cost for the day is $8 per adult and $4 for children. Lunch will be included in the cost plus endless cups of tea or coffee all day and afternoon tea. If you can sing, play music, or recite poems, or would just like to listen to music come along and enjoy the day. Phone Del on 0408 613 823 or Ruby on 0438 674 803.

SUNDAY 28 JULY Travelling Country Music Club Social will be on Sunday 28 July at the Cowboys Clubhouse in Queens Park, Alice Street from 10.30am. Cost for the day is $8 per adult and $4 for children. Lunch will be included in the cost plus endless cups of tea or coffee all day and afternoon tea. If you can sing, play music, or recite poems, or would just like to listen to music come along and enjoy the day. Phone Del on 0408 613 823 or Ruby on 0438 674 803. Warwick Over 50s Social Club - 12 noon, The Country Diner, Killarney. Contact warwickssc@gmail.com or Jen on 0400 505 943.

SUNDAY 25 AUGUST Travelling Country Music Club Social will be on Sunday 25 August at the Cowboys Clubhouse in Queens Park, Alice Street from 10.30am. Cost for the day is $8 per adult and $4 for children. Lunch will be included in the cost plus endless cups of tea or coffee all day and afternoon tea. If you can sing, play music, or recite poems, or would just like to listen to music come along and enjoy the day. Phone Del on 0408 613 823 or Ruby on 0438 674 803.

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BADLY GOVERNED I am writing this letter as a ratepayer, wife, mother and active member of the Granite Belt Community. As the SDRC likes to point out, I am also on a number of committees ranging from sporting, agriculture and business. Whilst they include very different people from all walks of life there is one overwhelming message - UNHAPPINESS WITH HOW WE ARE BEING GOVERNED LOCALLY. There is fear, anger, disappointment and more worrying the disconnect and loss of trust from those who are supposed to be governing us. At the opening of the Stanthorpe Civic Centre in 1965, Queensland Treasurer Thomas Hiley stated that the civic centre did not belong to the shire council, "although they have the task of administering it, but to the people themselves." I believe that local government also belongs to the people. Local government is funded by the ratepayers - we are the major stakeholders and we are not happy with the 'local government' product being supplied to us. The push to de-amalgamate across the state is a clear indication that we are not happy. The rally that GBCA will hold on Sunday 28 April is not just about de-amalgamation, it is about so much more. We need to send a clear message, not only to council but to

the State Government that, we the ratepayers and funders of local government want change. Our voices were overlooked with the forced amalgamations - but they don't have to be now. I urge all members of the Granite Belt, Southern Downs and indeed the State of Queensland to attend the rally and help to send a clear message for change. It is often said that nothing is ever lost, only changed. So let's start the process for change and help shape the future prosperity of our communities. I believe that Local Government Minister Stirling Hinchliffe is genuine in his wish to reform local government and some of the initiatives put forward after the Belcarra investigations are a beginning. But there needs to be so much more and we, the ratepayers, deserve to be heard, considered and be part of the process, as we are after all the main stakeholders in local government. Amanda Harrold Stanthorpe

APOLOGY DEMANDED Following the release of the Queensland Treasury Corporation's (QTC) financial analysis of the Granite Belt Community Association's de-amalgamation proposal, GBCA President, Mr Alan Colyer, stated to local media that information supplied by Council to QTC was "dishonest".

In the Warwick Daily News on Friday 12 April, Mr Colyer claimed that QTC was given "dishonest figures", and said that Council had "exaggerated" costs. In an online article published in the Stanthorpe Border Post on Thursday, 11 April, Mr Colyer claimed that "the Council supplied figures that were grossly wrong and dishonest". To clarify, Councillors did not supply this information to QTC. SDRC officers and I have dedicated many hours to the provision of information and figures to the GBCA and QTC, often within short timeframes and to tight deadlines. These statements suggest that those staff and I have provided incorrect figures or misinformation, and by doing so have acted dishonestly. This is not the case, and I am calling on Mr Colyer to make a public apology. I take great offence at being referred to as "dishonest" and at Mr Colyer bringing into question the good and honest work of Southern Downs Regional Council employees. Officers at SDRC have proven to be a consistent target of Mr Colyer and the Association. These public statements bring into question my integrity and the integrity of the staff within the organisation. The many hours Council officers and I have spent reviewing GBCA's proposal for de-amalgamation, as well as providing facts and figures to QTC,

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RIVERS OF EMOTION FOR TIGER The week that was has certainly been packed with events that have caused a raft of emotions in sport enthusiasts. To simply say Tiger Woods won his fifth Masters does not come close to explaining the achievement. It has been 14 years since he last donned the green jacket and 11 years since he won a major. His win at Augusta must rate as the alltime sporting comeback. Since 2014 he has endured four back operations and two years ago confessed to family and friends his career was done. On Sunday in Augusta he won his 15th major from the position of behind after 54 holes - something he had not achieved before. He now sits with the great Jack Nicklaus as the only other player to win majors 20 years apart. While we were taking in the enormity of Tiger's win closer to home came the announcement that one of the great football careers of this era has come to a close. Greg Inglis announced on Monday that he is calling time on a career that spans 143 NRL games. 117 games for the Storm; 46 games for the Bunnies including the club's 2014 premiership. He is the alltime leading try scorer for Queensland in Origin and has 39 Test caps to his credit. At 32 Inglis has been battling shoulder and knee injury for several years. Current coach Wayne Bennett said of Inglis' retirement, "I think he can have a great an impact on the next group of players as a coach and I'm looking forward to joining him on that path. "What he has done for his clubs, for his people, for Queensland and for Australia over a long period time has been exceptional, and today he starts to walk the next path in his career." Bunnies and Maroon supporters will miss the Goanna Crawl. Casey SIMPLY THE BEST: BETTER THAN ALL THE REST The Winx finale was as breath taking as we expected. The mare turned it on for the 43,000 plus devotees within Randwick and the hundreds who lined the Allison Street fence on the outside the track to capture a moment like no other in racing history. In true racing fashion her finale did not come without a few nervous moments. The mare gave us all a small reminder that she is after all a horse when she lashed out with both barrels narrowly missing Chris Waller's head and leaving a hoof imprint on a gate just two days out from the Queen Elizabeth Stakes. The atmosphere at Randwick as the field topped the rise and Winx strode to the front in trademark style was electric and difficult to describe. I doubt there was a dry eye on the course as Bowman brought Winx back to scale allowing the mare and the crowd to savor one of the all-time magic moments in Australian sport. The mare then gave Bowman a reminder of her equine heritage when she returned his affections with a Cumberland Kiss that had him sporting a badly split lip as the celebrations continued. On Sunday however, an eagle-eyed photographer captured a magic image of a tender moment between the mare and her strapper Umut Odemislioglu. The image showed the genuine affection between the pair. Racing served us up a reminder of the fragility and danger of the sport when 22 SOUTHERN FREE TIMES

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Ken and Margaret Martin after the OAM ceremony at Government House. there was a nasty fall in the opening event at Randwick on Saturday. Thankfully the horses involved were unhurt and although jockey Adam Adkins will be in a world of hurt for quite some time, he sustained no long-time injuries. It was a reminder of how quickly things can go wrong in a racing campaign and what an amazing job team Waller has done in managing the mare's career. Despite looking as though another campaign would not be a bother, Winx now begins retirement and imminent motherhood. We the public are grateful to have been able to witness her amazing journey. LOSS OF AN ICON Like many others my week has been tinged with sadness after news broke of the death of one of the true icons of Queensland Cricket, my good mate and mentor Lew Cooper who has been battling ill health for many months. Last Thursday night with his family by his side Lew lost the challenge. There is so much that can and has been said in the past week about Lew Cooper and there will be many more accolades, tributes and anecdotes to come between now and his funeral which will be held next at 11.00am on Tuesday at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Given Terrace Red Hill. Lew leaves an indelible mark on Cricket in Queensland and beyond. His work as a cricket administrator is as legendary as his ability as a raconteur not to mention his talent as an outstanding wicket keeper and tireless fund raiser for good causes. They are rare breed wicket keepers. They have their own exclusive club that the rest of us who play and love the game can

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only view from the outside and Lew was pretty much the master of that club. He was unafraid to call Australian selectors not matter the hour or situation to give them the wisdom of his views if he thought someone was being overlooked (especially a Queenslander) or if an incumbent keeper's performance was in his opinion "below par". Lew's list of lifetime achievements in and around cricket would more than fill this entire column and many more. His distinguished career has been recognised over the years in many ways and in a variety of forums. His son, Lew Jnr says he has been fielding calls from not only across Australia but India, England, NZ and South Africa such was the respect and standing in which Lew was held. There are not appropriate words to convey the sense of loss many are feeling. Personally, I know I have lost a great mate and someone who has been a mentor since the day he took a young bloke under his wing who had just souvenired a stump during a Gabba Test match 50 years ago. Little did I or anyone else know the positive impact that moment of madness would have on my life. Lew has now taken his place behind the stumps on the big cricket field in the sky. If he's not barking orders from behind the stumps then you can guarantee he'll be organising a raffle, a charity game or a cricket trip somewhere - and it will all be done his way- the correct way. I hope St Peter was a wicket keeper in his day otherwise he's in for a hard time. Lew Cooper will be remembered as the

original "influencer" in Queensland Cricket. RIP mate. DESERVED RECOGNITION Ken Martin left the Stanthorpe district many years ago but he certainly left his mark on the Granite Belt community through his work as uncompromising but fair QPS detective and a bit of a character. At the time he was heavily involved in sport and introduced Baseball to the sporting community. After leaving Stanthorpe, Martin went on to enjoy a significant career in the Police Force and later in private security. Early in the year in the Australia Day honours list, Martin was awarded an OAM. Last week in a ceremony at Government House in front of his extended family Martin received his OAM from the Queensland Governor Paul de Jersey. The citation listed his significant services to community safety through anti-crime initiatives with Crime Stoppers Queensland the Queensland Retired Police Association and the QPS. It is well deserved recognition that Martin would never have sought or expected but which is richly deserved. WEIREY TAKES THE CLASSIC There is what is known as moving day in the golf majors but the final round of Tanny Classic 2-2019 on Friday night was more like "put up or shut up" as 48 committed or perhaps some who should have been committed bowlers took to the greens. The score board was a log jam at the start of play and performances in the final round were definitely going to count. After a tense but fun night it was the young gun Brodie Weier who was declared the champion with a winning score of 23 points. Unfortunately, no "green jacket" but definitely bragging rights for the young Weier. It was a clearcut win with second place going to Mick Weier and Darren Costello who each finished with 18 points. They were followed by Pete Brosnan (17) and Steph Shelley (16). Bringing up the rear was main man Pricey -who got the horses you know what award. Pricey must have really bad luck. He is adamant he's a good bowler out of luck and each week draws some dreadful team mates (apparently). The overall winners of the final round of the competition were Glen Reid, Reba T, Ken Armie who had a 16-6 win over their opponents. Glen Reid declared it the best fun he had in years. With the final round of the classic comes a return to reality for some of the committed players. We are reliably informed that this week Weiery is back pouring concrete; Cozzie is back looking after your car; Bretto is about to start harvesting corn and so is Boalsy; Fritzy is planting oats; Stu is mustering cattle. Apparently, they have not done a thing for six weeks because bowls is more important. Organisers are thrilled with their commitment and would like to thank everyone who has once again thrown their support behind the Tanny Classic over the past six weeks. But what to do now. After a vote the Tanny Club will be holding an Easter bowls night on Thursday night (18/4). For the winners, the Easter Bunny will come early with plenty of eggs on offer for prizes. Debs meals will also be on the menu. There will be Raffles and the Shuffle and Pick so make sure you have your name in by 6.30pm on Thursday and start your Easter break in Tanny style. freetimes.com.au


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WINNING RETURN FOR GIBNEY Peter Gibney returned to Saturday competition at the Stanthorpe Golf Club last week after several weeks away and made an immediate impact. On Saturday he returned the best score in the Stableford event sponsored by Mandy Benussi and Lyn Ludlow. Gibney's score on the front nine was 25 points and he followed it up with a more relaxed 19 points on the return nine for a total of 44 points or a Obviously for Gibney fresh is best his 44 points gave him a two point buffer ahead of runner up Trevor Ludlow who also played well. He returned 42 points after an even round of 21 on the front and back nine. In the ladies Stableford Annelle Batterham and Tric Fittock were both back in the club house with scores of 39 points. Batterham got the nod after the count back revealed she had the better back nine score of 20 points. Tric settled into the runner up position. She was slightly unlucky at the sixth hole where a distance marker caused and an extra shot and resulted in the only hole on which one point was recorded. Pin shots went the way of Mark Hendry (3), and Scott Constable (17). David Reeves held the pin shot at 12; the pro pin at 5/14 and collected the ball on offer for the Birdies Nest at four. Wes Smith held the pro-pin at 1/10 and Lyle Bryant at 9/18. Winning the Ladies' pins were Nikki Waterworth (3), Helen Jones (12) and Neta Thouard (17). In the run down it was a ball each to scores of 38 points and better for the men and 36 points and better for the ladies. This Saturday the Single Stableford will be sponsored by Simon Shannon. Tee off from 11.30 am. The time sheet is on the board at the clubhouse for those seek out the Easter Bunny on any one of 18 holes. WATTLES DOMINATE In round four of the TRL last weekend Wattles dominated their opponents Pittsworth with a 15 try shellacking of the 2016 Premiers. The Dane's had no answers to the relentless attack of the TRL competition front runners suffering one of their worst defeats. Wattles asserted their superiority throughout the game. While it was a great team effort special mention should be made of Nathan Gaulton, Dale Perkins and Dylan Perkins. It took Travis Burns a little over three minutes to open the scoring for Wattles and the carnage continued throughout the first half. At the half time break Wattles held a 52-0 advantage. Tom O'Sullivan scored for the Danes after play resumed and his try was converted by Mick Markey but a Pittsworth fight back was never on the cards. The Wattles try fest continued as they lay on another six four pointers in the second half. Matt Duggan kicked 12 conversions and Matthew Christensen had one successful kick. Wattles 86 (Nathan Gaulton 3, Jake Hargraves 2, Travis Burns, Matthew Christensen, Ty Gardner, Mitch Koina, Joe Morris, Dale Perkins, Matt Richards, Nick Van Der Poel, Brayden Wilson, Dylan Wilson tries Matt Duggan 12 Matthew Christensen goals) defeated Pittsworth 6 (Tom O'Sullivan try Mick Markey goal) Things were little better for Pittsworth in the Reserve grade clash 38-0 which Wattles won 38-0. The picture was a little rosier in the Under 18's where the home side had a 56-16 win. There are no TRL games over the Easter weekend. The next round opens on Anzac freetimes.com.au

The two most relieved men on Randwick racecourse, Chris Waller and Hugh Bowman embrace shortly before Winx returned to scale for the final time after the Queen Elizabeth Stakes on Saturday at Randwick.

Looking the goods - the morning after the night before. Winx looks as fresh as a daisy with her strapper Umut Odemislioglund with Chris and Stephanie Waller.

Day when Pittsworth host the Bears and the Cowboys travel into enemy territory to take on the Hawks. In a replay of the 2018 grand final Wattles will travel to Herb Steinhort Oval to take on Premiers Valleys on Sunday afternoon. TIME TO GET SERIOUS A timely reminder to all competition players in Stanthorpe. The club championships are not too far away. The championships are played over four stroke rounds with best gross scores and best net scores rewarded in three grades. Time to start some serious practice. BACK TO BUSINESS After hosting visiting players in the annual "Friendly" the previous week it was back to business for the Stanthorpe Croquet players. Tuesday morning, they got straight into Association games. Andrea Denkewitz and Heather Widderick played Joy Newman and Jenny Tunbridge in a close game. The skills of the group were on show as Andrea had one 'peel' (two balls pass through the hoop together) and Joy had three. Heather then had two breaks of two hoops consecutively. At the end of the game it was Denkewitz and Widderick who held a two-point lead with the scores 22-20 Peter Tunbridge and Carol Verwey paired up to play Effey Russell and Grace Howard in another close game. Tunbridge made a good 'peel', but the match went to his team's opponents 20-17. Players will be sorry to hear that former club member, Val Richardson passed away recently. She had been an Association player for more than 20 years and retired from playing in the latter half of last year. Val Richardson will be missed and players extend their condolences to her family. Friday morning was busy with teams playing Gateball. In the opening encounter all members of Team Two (Les Williams, Sharyn Roser, Grace Howard and Jenny Tunbridge) played well and scored a 14-11 win over their opponents in Team One (Andrea Denkewitz, Joy Newman and Heather Widderick). The result was reversed in the next game with Team One scoring a convincing 15-7 win. Both Joy Newman and Heather Widderick played well in this game. The final game finished drawn at 15 all and after a count back Team One took the honours after they scored two 'Agaris" in the game.

MCLELLAN A NATURAL Golf Croquet players welcomed Eric McLellan to their ranks and he has taken to the game like a natural playing very accurately for a novice. Perhaps his experience as a golfer is holding him in good stead with the mallet. Shirley Page partnered McLellan in a game against the more experienced pairing of Di Wren and Marian Castles. With scores of eight and five respectively Page and McLellan has a comfortable win. Judy Lock returned to the court after quite a break. She partnered Di Wren and despite playing well the pair went down 8-7 to McLellan and Page. In the Ricochet games earlier in the week Eric McCulloch had a tough win over Carol Verwey, the final score 26-23. Andrea Denkewitz and Eric McLellan scored a one-point win over Marion McCulloch and Sharyn Roser. The final score was 2-21. There were some accurate long shots which made a difference in the end after the lead changed several times during the game. SOMETHING FOR ALL SHOOTERS There was an excellent turn out last weekend at the Inglewood Range for the Sporting Shooters busy programme with something for everyone. Iain Bowen took the honours in the Single Action with a win over Lachlan Fogerty and Kurt Carlyon. Ray Dudgeon out scored Troy Dudgeon and Adam Channells in the Rimfire Benchrest Standard 50m. (The difference between Troy and Adam in this event was 0.1). Troy found his range in the 50m International Rimfire Benchrest winning from Monika White and Ray Dudgeon. Monika White took out the Service Pistol 25m Standard (C/F) and also the 15m Kneeling Deliberate (C/F) Stephanie Dudgeon was successful in the 25m Standard (R/F) and Adam Channells won the 15m Kneeling Deliberate (R/F) This Sunday the competition is Muzzle loading commencing at 9am followed by Metal Silhouette. Come on out and see who can't catch a rabbit. RAWLINGS CLEANS UP Another good field hit the course for Sunday Sporters last week and he also went home with a meat tray to rub salt into the wound. John Rawlings scored a win ahead of runner up Dave Burgess. Burgess also scored the Bet Gross of the round. The Run-downs went to Paul Armstrong and Paul Byrnes. Dick Hilton took the Pin Shot on the third and there were no takers for the

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Pro Pin. Ray Thorn slipped away with the final meat tray. Sporters can take a break this weekend and go hunting for the Easter Bunny at home. But remember tee-off the following Sunday will be at the usual time of 7.308.00am. CASLICK BACK FOR PEARLS Star of the Aussie women's sevens Charlotte Caslick makes her return to the team this weekend in the Kitakyushu Sevens after four months out with injury. Caslick has been unavailable for selection since injuring her hand at the Dubai Sevens last year and will make her with the captain's "C" beside her name in the Japan tournament. During her long injury lay off, coaching staff have challenged Caslick to be involved in a different role off the field without ball in hand. As one of the senior members of the pearl's squad Caslick has been running sessions with the girls, coaching sessions in the classroom going through video, moving cups around and saying, "if the defence presents this, how do you react". It has been a way for coaching staff to involve her while she's been unable to join the team on the field." With Caslick returning to the team the Pearls who currently sit fourth in the World Series standings after three tournaments will be aiming to retain or improve their world ranking to guarantee automatic Olympic selection. The team haven't played since the HSBC Sydney 7s in February Sydney 7s. Their coach says it had given them a chance to focus on improvement for the Japanese tournament. "The squad have had the best training block we've on the past twelve months," he said. Australia will meet China, (12:36pm AEST) Spain (3:20pm AEST) and Canada in Pool B (6:04pm AEST) as they look to progress to the finals as they chase valuable World Series points this weekend.

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