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MORE TO LOVE The editor’s desk You don't need to be a diehard 'revhead' to enjoy the action coming up this weekend at the 24th Historic Leyburn Sprints (see cover story, pages 4&5 and feature pages 12-13). This year this major event on the Queensland - and national motorsport calendar celebrates a special milestone, namely the 70th anniversary of the 1949 Australian Grand Prix held at Leyburn. The Warwick region is a major motorsport hub and while Morgan Park is the venue for most of these events, the Leyburn Sprints well and truly holds its own in the motor racing world. And like many of our best events it's run by volunteers, demonstrating once again the incredible community spirit of our region, in particular our small towns. Yes, water is an issue right now. But major events - like the Sprints, and the Warwick Rodeo, and Jumpers and Jazz - bring people and their dollars into our region. At a time when our major industry, agriculture, is struggling, our other economic sectors need to come to the fore and as locals it's in all of our interests to support them. Jeremy Sollars













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SHOW SOCIETY WORKING ON WATER BY JEREMY SOLLARS The Warwick Show and Rodeo Society has moved to quash suggestions that the 2019 Warwick Rodeo and Campdraft could be in doubt due to water supply at the Warwick Showgrounds. In a statement released to the media last week a Warwick Show and Rodeo Society spokeswoman said the 2018 event is "still going ahead" and the Society "understands with the current drought situation there is concern the event puts pressure on the town water supply". "We have worked tirelessly to reduce our impact on the town supply and have advisory meetings with Southern Downs Regional Council, Department of Natural Resources and local water services to work on an achievable outcome," the spokeswoman said. "We have been advised that our bore which will be metered is at 11 megalitres with 80% usage available. "This will be available to maintain the grounds and the wellbeing of stock on site. "With consultations we believe this to be a sufficient amount of water to support our event annually and decrease the pressure on the town water supply. "Other options have been investigated including a water system on the grounds, this however comes with a hefty price tag of an estimated $150,000. "Our society not only hosts the Annual Agricultural show and The Famous 'Warwick Rodeo' and Gold Cup Campdraft

"All go" for the 2019 Warwick Rodeo and Campdraft. but is the home to the local Pony and Hack Club, Riding for the Disabled, the Poultry Society and the Dog Club. "We aim to be a support hub for the agricultural community to come and attend events as a reprieve from the ongoing drought and social wellbeing for the community. "The Warwick Rodeo and Gold Cup Campdraft occurs annually and boosts the locally economy by an estimated $2.8 million per annum. "We aim to employ over 80% local contractors on the grounds and have a firm philosophy of shopping locally. "Southern Downs Regional Council have offered information on how we can reduce our water consumption in regards to water saving shower heads, information for competitors and shown support for our 2019 event continuing. "We are aiming to liaise with the

Chamber of Commerce to ensure that we have a working relationship with local businesses to ensure they get the full economic benefit of our event. "As a Society we are aware of the effects the drought is having on the community with all of the Committee being connected to the industry in some form. "We are mindful and making a concerted effort to work with the relevant organizations to be more sustainable." The Warwick Rodeo will be the home of the Australian Professional Rodeo Association's (APRA) National Finals Rodeo for the next three years. In June APRA chairman Shane Iker said the top 15 in all eight APRA events would qualify for the finals. "Competitors must compete in five rodeos to be eligible for a spot in the finals," Shane said at the time. "We have been pushing to have a long term home for the open finals and Warwick fits the best - it is where our office is situated. "The APRA want the open finals to get bigger and better each year. "Sponsorship for the finals looks the best it has for a long time. "The national finals have been held in conjunction with the Warwick Rodeo in recent years and some of the factors in staying in Warwick included the all-weather arena at the Warwick Showgrounds. "Warwick has always been the rodeo town and we want to keep the finals in the town, the finals are supported well by Warwick residents."

Contrary to reports in other local media only a small number of 2019 rodeo events in Queensland have been cancelled due to the drought. The 2019 Killarney Rodeo - which was due to have been held last weekend - was cancelled due to difficulties experienced by the Killarney Show and Rodeo Society in securing adequate sponsorship and pressure on volunteers related to organising other major events at the Killarney Showgrounds this year. The Gold Coast Polocrosse Gold Racquet Carnival which was due to have been held at the Killarney Polocrosse Grounds has been shifted to Laidley this weekend due to water shortages at the Killarney grounds.

COWBOYS BULL RIDE In other rodeo news the Warwick Cowboys Octeros Cabinets Bull Ride is coming up on Friday 6 September. The event is an NRA-affiliated rodeo and will feature Open, Novice and U18 Junior Bull Rides, U15 Junior Steer Ride and Local Steer Ride - and Cowboys Footy Steer Ride along with U12 and Local Poddy Rides. Admission is $20 for adults, $15 concession/pensioner/children 15-17 and children up to 14 free entry. Gates open at 5pm for a 6pm start, with live music from Mik Oberle at the 'after-party'. The Warwick Cowboys Bull Ride is also proudly sponsored by the Warwick Hotel and Timothy Williams Dental - and more local sponsors are being keenly sought - for sponsorship enquiries contact Liz Brown on 0409 894 100. â—?

STATE CAVES IN ON UNDERGROUND WATER RESTRICTIONS The Queensland Government says it has "listened" to the concerns of irrigators in the Warwick region and will relax restrictions on the use of underground water following protest meetings in recent weeks. As previously reported in the Free Times primary producers across the Warwick area with undergroundwater allocations in the Upper Condamine catchment were given short notice in the last week of June that their use of irrigation water - for crops and livestock - would be restricted to just Tuesday and Thursday nights from 1 July, unless they installed water meters. They were also threatened with fines of up to $217,000 for non-compliance. Furious producers from districts including Junabee and Swan, Emu and Farm Creeks and surrounding areas held

a meeting at the Swan Creek Hall east of Warwick on Thursday 18 July to protest the changes, slamming the State Government for a lack of notice and consultation. Irrigation users from the Glengallan Valley held another protest meeting on Thursday 1 August at the Gladfield Hall where senior staff from the Toowoomba and Warwick offices of the Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy (DNRME) were given a grilling and told in no uncertain terms the new restrictions were unfair and unworkable, especially during the current drought. The department finally caved in last week, announcing last Friday 9 August it had agreed to the demand by producers across the 'Upper Condamine alluvium tributaries'

to be able to irrigate for up to eight hours five times a week "until further notice". Underground water supplies in farming areas east and north of Warwick continue to hold up reasonably well despite the dry - in many areas the water table is between 50 and 80 per cent of its 'saturated' level - but for the producers concerned that supply is now the only source of water with which to sustain their farming operations. The department's backdown comes as large-scale vegetable producers from east of the Great Dividing Range continue to eyeoff farming land in the Warwick area. The Free Times understands firms including Moffatt Fresh Produce and Kalfresh are seeking to lease land in the Maryvale, Glengallan and Allora areas to

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LEYBURN REVS IT UP BY JEREMY SOLLARS or most of the year, the village of Leyburn north-west of Warwick leads a contentedly and perhaps enviably quiet existence, but for one weekend in August it roars to life with the running of the 'Leyburn Sprints'. This year is the 70th anniversary of the race which ultimately led to it all - the 1949 Australian Grand Prix. The race was held on 18 September in that year, staged over 35 laps of the seven kilometre circuit, laid out on the runways and taxiways of the World War 2 airbase just north of the town - a total race distance of 150.5 miles, or 242.2 kilometres. It is recognised by the Confederation of Australian Motorsport as the 14th Australian Grand Prix and was the first Grand Prix to be held in Queensland and since 1996 the Leyburn Sprints has


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have people coming from the southern states and from as far away as Western Australia," Tricia said. "For the first time this year we took bookings for the camping area online and we had a great response, it was through the roof. "We intentionally set a cut-off time for those bookings to accommodate people who rock up at the weekend, so they'll be catered for as well. "They start to arrive from early in the week, so we need to be set up and ready. "The event is run by the volunteers - we have our core committee group of members and there are many others who come out of the woodwork at Sprints time to lend a hand. "The officials form a separate organisation but they're all volunteers too - it's a real hands-on effort by everyone." With water supply currently a sensitive topic for communities both large and small across the Southern Downs and Granite

Belt the Sprints organisers have sent a clear message to those heading to Leyburn in 2019 - come prepared. "We've pre-warned people about the water situation and they know they need to be careful when it comes to water," Tricia said. "We've told them to come with a full tank in the caravan and to be very minimal with the use of town water in the shower and toilet facilities. "We're fortunate this year in that we have bore water for the water truck donated by one of the committee members from their own property. "The council supplies the water truck and we pay for it, and the water will be used for settling dust in the camping area and in other places like the pits. "We're just very conscious of the water situation and we'll be making sure everyone who attends is aware of the need to be very careful with the use of water."

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always a great attraction, but this year it will include two very special models. Darling Downs enthusiast Colin Schiller has acquired two MG Specials that competed in the 1949 grand prix and will bring them home to contest the 2019 Sprints. At the other end of the speed spectrum, the prestigious Col Furness Memorial Trophy for outright fastest time has attracted some of the quickest hill-climbers and sprintracers in Australia. Dean Amos will be chasing a sixth-straight title in his Formula 1-powered Gould GR55BJudd; as well as beating his rivals, Amos's goal in 2019 will be to finally lower the 1.0 kilometre course record below 40 seconds. For those who can't attend, the Sprints will be live-streamed throughout the weekend on the event website, www.historicleyburnsprints. Named Queensland Motor Sport Event of the Year 2017, the Sprints are community-run and financial proceeds are used to help local organisations and projects. Tourism and Events Queensland's Queensland Destination Events Program and Southern Downs Regional Council provide financial assistance to help promote the Sprints and attract visitors to the Southern Downs region. ●

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About Leyburn ... · Leyburn was named in the 1840s by William Gray Snr, who came to the area by bullock dray from Pitt Town on the Hawkesbury River in New South Wales. The first name for the locality was Canal Creek; the name was changed to Leyburn by Henry and Jane Kirby, Gray's son-in-law and daughter, and derives from the market town of Leyburn in the English county of Yorkshire. The site for the town was surveyed in November 1852. Henry Kirby and another man named Collins applied in 1854 for the licence of the And in true community fashion, proceeds from the Sprints are held in trust and are invested back into the Leyburn community, with benefactors including the Leyburn State School and community groups in and around the district. · And remember - the Leyburn Sprints is about more than just the racing. The weekend program includes the annual fun

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WATER THEFT A CONSTANT PROBLEM BY JEREMY SOLLARS The Southern Downs Regional Council has conceded it faces a constant battle with water theft, as the drought continues to grip the region. At a ‘Question and Answer’ forum held at the Warwick Town Hall on Monday night of this week, 12 August, and attended by around 100 residents Mayor Tracy Dobie and senior council staff responded to queries from the floor primarily related to water. One issue raised was the sight of what one resident claimed were “unmarked trucks” making trips to the Warwick Water Treatment Plant (WTP) on Glen Road and other observations of trucks and vehicles filling up tanks and water ‘pods’ from fire hydrants on suburban streets under cover of darkness in recent weeks. Cr Dobie said that licensed private water carters had allocations they were able to draw from the council standpipe at Wallace Street near the Condamine River and for which they paid commercial rates. But she also warned that penalties apply for the “illegal” take of water and that council staff were doing their best to clamp down on those doing the wrong thing. Council officers at Monday night’s forum said they were aware of individuals taking water illegally from schools and even the Warwick aerodrome, along with thieving water from private properties when owners were not present. Cr Dobie said the council was taking

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BOARD ON BORDER-HOPPING RABBITS BY JEREMY SOLLARS The Darling Downs-Moreton Rabbit Board says current rabbit numbers in the Southern Downs Regional Council area are no greater "than usual" following community suggestions the feral pest is out of control on this side of the border. Sources in the Killarney, Dalveen and Cullendore districts have told the Free Times rabbits are being sighted - and shot in large numbers in those areas, north of the border 'Rabbit-Proof Fence' maintained by the Rabbit Board, in what is supposedly the 'clean' side of the fence within the Southern Downs Regional Council area. One source told the Free Times as many as 1500 rabbits have been shot on one local property alone in recent months and it is understood they are rife in the Condamine Gorge above Killarney. Warwick residents have also reported observing rabbits active in suburban areas on the southern side of town and the Warwick Saleyards is also understood to have long been a hot-spot of rabbit activity. The European Rabbit is classed as an 'invasive pest' under the Queensland

A newspaper cartoon from 1884, just under a decade before work began on the Rabbit-Proof Fence. The caption reads – “Mr Stevenson, M.L.A., suggested that the Government should erect a wire fence along our New South Wales border in order to check the coming invasion of rabbits. The artist depicts the probable use the bunnies would make of the fence”. Biosecurity Act and is estimated to cost Australia's rural industry at least $600 million per year. The Southern Downs Regional Council contributes around $300,000 to the Darling Downs-Moreton Rabbit Board each year for

rabbit control, along with funding from other member councils including the Western Downs, Toowoomba, Lockyer Valley, Scenic Rim and Gold Coast Regional Councils. The Rabbit Board is charged with maintaining 555 kilometres of the Rabbit-

Proof Fence running from Mt Gipps near Rathdowney to Goombi, between Chinchilla and Miles, where it joins up with the Wild Dog Barrier Fence. The Board is also responsible for monitoring Biosecurity Act compliance and for providing technical support to landholders within the 28,000 square kilometres under its supervision. The Rabbit-Proof Fence was first constructed way back in 1893 and in most places is 1220mm high, with its foot-netting where feasible buried 200mm into the ground. But the fence cops significant damage from wild pigs and echidnas, and it is understood a section at Dalveen was left open for some weeks during maintenance over the Christmas period several years ago, which is believed to have allowed rabbits to gain a further foot-hold on the 'clean' side. Toowoomba Councillor and Darling Downs-Moreton Rabbit Board Chair Anne Glasheen last week told the Free Times she does "not believe there are any more rabbits within the barrier fence in the Southern Downs in the Dalveen and Killarney areas than usual". Continued page 11





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RURAL LINKS A Southern Downs Regional Council spokeswoman told the Free Times the council "pays an annual levy to the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries for invasive pests onground and research support". "Council is one of eight local governments that contribute a levy to the operation of the Darling Downs Moreton Rabbit Board," the spokeswoman said. "Council's contribution to the Board was $295,811 in 2018/19 and the same amount is budgeted in 2019/20. "Council is continuing to control warrens on Council lands that are found by officers or reported by the public. "Council is continuing to implement externally funded collaborative rabbit control projects with Southern Queensland Landscapes, the Darling Downs Moreton Rabbit Board, the University of Southern Queensland and the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) on private lands in conjunction with landholders. "These strategic projects have focussed on areas identified as key source populations at Wallangarra, The Summit and Dalveen. "Wallangarra was previously heavily infested with rabbits and considered to be home to Queensland's worst infestation. "Long-term monitoring conducted in Wallangarra by DAF suggest populations have been reduced by as much as 95% since the warren ripping project commenced."


•฀Native to Europe, rabbits were brought to Australia by the First Fleet as food animals, with the first feral rabbit populations recorded by the late 1820s. Later releases of rabbits for sport hunting dramatically increased the size of the feral rabbit population •฀Today, rabbits are one of Australia's major agricultural and environmental pests, costing between $600 million and $1 billion annually •฀Rabbits eat pasture and crops, compete with native animals, cause soil erosion, and prevent

regeneration of native vegetation •฀Introducing and selling rabbits in Queensland is illegal and penalties apply. Limited numbers of permits for domestic rabbits are available from Biosecurity Queensland for research purposes, public display, magic acts, and circuses. Before a permit is granted, guidelines must be met

RABBIT OR HARE? Hares ... •฀are considerably larger than rabbits with a head and body length of 55cm (40cm for rabbits) •฀are more golden-brown in colour (rabbits are greyer) •฀have relatively longer ears with distinct black tips •฀have relatively larger hind legs and can run faster •฀don't lift their tails when disturbed, so the black upper-surface is always visible (rabbits cock tails and show white under-surface as a general alarm signal - often seen when rabbits are scuttling for shelter) •฀tend to lead solitary lives except when breeding (rabbits live in groups). Life cycle ... •฀Female rabbits can have up to 5-6 litters in a good breeding season, producing average of 3-4 kittens per litter. •฀Litters of up to 8 kittens are possible for older females, depending on food quantity and quality. •฀Gestation period is 28-30 days. •฀Breeding can commence from 4 months.

From page 10 "In the current dry conditions, rabbits have less areas in which to hide and have to travel further for sustenance," Cr Glasheen said. "This makes them more visible, but also provides landholders with a better opportunity to locate their burrows and remove them. "In addition to its usual activities, during the past 12 months the Board has been engaged in carrying out activities identified by the Grant Deed entered into with the State in relation to project 5 "Optimising Rabbit Control", which aimed to educate landholders and drive behavioural change to increase the use of best practice techniques to locally eradicate rabbits in high production areas." Cr Glasheen said such activities included · Conducting a number of simultaneous surveys in the Somerset, Ipswich, Logan, Southern Downs and Scenic Rim areas; · Conducting field days on selected sites including Dalveen and Killarney, to show local landholders various control methods which concentrated on harbour removal; · Contacting veterinarians and pet stores to emphasize that the keeping of pet rabbits is illegal in Queensland and advising details of those organisations willing to accept and rehome pet rabbits into New South Wales; · Attending the Pest and Weeds Symposium held at the Gold Coast in May 2019 which allowed an opportunity to meet with industry groups and staff from component Councils; · Finalising advertising materials to be used in television and social media campaigns

DALVEEN ... "The survey commenced on properties both sides of the New England Highway at Cottonvale, with a number of breeding places being identified. "Unlike the other areas surveyed warrens and burrows make up 49% of the breeding locations. Suitable soil types, log piles and blackberry have assisted the rabbits to become entrenched in the Dalveen area. "Log piles make up 40% of the breeding location and suitable soil types in the granite region have contributed to the high number of warrens located. Some of the warrens located have been in areas where timber stacks have been burnt and the burrows beneath have been left intact and never ripped. "It is believed that if timber stacks, most of which have been in place for the last 50 years, are burnt, more than 30% of the rabbits would be removed."

KILLARNEY ... "The Killarney Survey also identified a number of breeding places, with the main breeding areas located being burrows, log piles and warrens. Like Dalveen, warrens and burrows make up 58% of the breeding locations, suitable soil types and the Condamine River have assisted the rabbit to become established in the Killarney area." ●


RABBIT IMPACTS ... Environmental •฀Degrades native vegetation by eating seedlings, preventing vegetation from regenerating. •฀Degrades soil through overgrazing. •฀Degrades water through overgrazing (secondary to soil erosion). •฀Competes with native animals for food and space. •฀Provides food for predator species, changing their population dynamics. •฀Affects birds, mammals and insects that rely on plants. •฀Control measures such as warren ripping and harbour destruction can also have adverse environmental effects.

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LEGENDS ARE HEADING TO LEYBURN Bathurst winners Dick Johnson and Fred Gibson have joined a line-up of motorracing legends set to attend the Historic Leyburn Sprints for 70th anniversary celebrations of the Australian Grand Prix next month. Johnson, now 74, and Gibson, 78, will participate in a variety of meet-and-greet activities with fans at the 17-18 August event. They will join 60s and 70s touring car contemporaries Colin Bond, John French, Kevin Bartlett, Bill Gates and others to commemorate Leyburn's hosting of the 1949 Australian Grand Prix. The visit will be the first for Melbournebased Gibson, but Johnson has been a Sprints regular in recent years, enjoying the grass-roots atmosphere and occasionally guest-driving a NASCAR-powered Ford Falcon XY GT on the 1.0 kilometre roundthe-houses course. "We're thrilled that Dick Johnson and Fred Gibson are coming to the Historic Leyburn Sprints," organising committee President Tricia Chant said. "Both had huge parts in the history of Australian touring car racing as drivers and team owners and have been recognised for their achievement with induction into the Supercars Hall of Fame. "Dick started racing in a Holden FJ in 1964. After switching to Fords he won five Australian Touring Car Championships and three Bathurst 1000 races and remains in the Supercars championship with his DJR

Dick Johnson and Fred Gibson will be among the motor-racing legends attending the historic Leyburn Sprints for Australian Grand Prix 70th anniversary celebrations. Picture: AUTOPICS.COM.AU Team Penske, which is dominating results with its Ford Mustang this season - he needs no introduction to fans everywhere. "Fred is remembered as not only a successful driver of touring, sports and open-wheel cars, including winning the 1967 Gallaher 500 at Mount Panorama, but also as boss of the Nissan team that developed the all-conquering R32 Skyline

GT-R known as Godzilla. In the hands of Jim Richards and Mark Skaife, this car won Bathurst in 1991 and 1992 and became one of the most iconic cars in touring car history." Ms Chant said other stars of yesteryear who had agreed to attend the Sprints included drivers Brian Michelmore, Jim Bertram, Bruce Richardson, Don Holland, Bruce Allison, John English and event promoter David Harding. They will take part in a number of activities including autograph sessions and parade laps on both days, as well as guestjudging the Shannons Show 'n' Shine and Vintage Caravan competitions. "Being the event that Leyburn is, you are more than likely to run into any of these guys throughout the weekend, as they wander the precinct enjoying the atmosphere," Ms Chant said. This year's 24th annual Historic Leyburn Sprints is expected to attract more than 200 vintage, classic and modern cars for two

days of time trials. The field will include an original 1949 grand prix entry, an MG TB to be driven by Colin Schiller. The Sprints also promises a packed weekend of off-track attractions. The popular Vintage Caravan display and Sunday's Shannons Show 'n' Shine line-up of classic road cars and motorcycles are crowd favourites, along with market stalls and food and drink outlets. Adult tickets will be on sale at the gate at $20 per day or $30 for the weekend. Children aged under 14 will be admitted free. Gates open at 6.30am daily and racing starts at 8am. Tourism and Events Queensland's Queensland Destination Events Program and Southern Downs Regional Council provide financial assistance to help promote the Sprints and attract visitors to the Southern Downs region. The event was named Queensland Motor Sport Event of the Year 2017. â—?




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in Warwick has been named 'Coombes Bridge' after popular sporting volunteer Linda Coombes, instrumental in bringing 'Parkrun' to Warwick. Councillors at a special meeting on Monday 5 August voted in favour of naming the bridge after Linda. Other local identities suggested by the public to be honoured with the bridge name were Graham Buchner - nominated by Councillors Sheryl Windle and Yve Stocks - and former councillor the late Jamie Mackenzie, along with a suggestion of simply naming it the 'River Walk Bridge'.


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residents formed to help the Southern Downs Regional Council develop its 'Stanthorpe Strategic Plan' held its first meeting on Wednesday 7 August. The committee was formed in response to the council's stated aim of "seeking to collaborate with Stanthorpe residents to build a brighter future for the community" through the Stanthorpe Strategic Plan and its 'Shaping Southern Downs' future vision planning. The council called for Granite Belt locals to volunteer for the Steering Committee in June of this year. Mayor Tracy Dobie said at the time the Stanthorpe Strategic Plan would "become a dedicated and distinct chapter of the broader Shaping

Southern Downs Strategy". A council spokeswoman told the Free Times this week the minutes of the Steering Committee's first meeting "will not be made public at this stage". The committee is made up of the following members •฀ Geoffrey Pittard •฀ Helen Gibson •฀ Max Hunter •฀ Michele Holly •฀ Mary Rofe •฀ Don Purnell •฀ Andrew Todd Further meetings are expected to be held over the next several months. ●

FOCUS ON … Leybum sprints Seventy years after the tiny southern Queensland town of Leyburn hosted a memorable Australian Grand Prix, two cars that contested the event will star in anniversary celebrations at the Historic Leyburn Sprints next month. Both are 1939 MG TB Specials, owned by Colin Schiller and to be driven by him and his daughter Belinda. The single-seater siblings will be among the oldest - and certainly most historic - of more than 200 entries expected at the 24th annual Sprints on 17-18 August. The Sprints will mark 70 years since the grand prix was run on 18 September 1949 at a former wartime airfield just outside the Darling Downs township. Thirty thousand spectators were said to have watched the 242 km race, won by John Crouch in a Frenchbuilt Delahaye. This year's celebrations, in addition to a mouth-watering display of historic and classic cars, will welcome as special guests an array of popular drivers from the 60s, 70s and 80s, including Dick Johnson, Kevin Bartlett, Colin Bond, John French, Fred Gibson and Bill Gates. Schiller ran his original silver-bodied MG - a veteran of five Australian Grands Prix - at last year's Sprints, but this year will hand it to his daughter while he drives his most recent purchase, which is painted red. While the silver car in the hands of John Nind failed to finish the 1949 grand ADVERTISMENT

prix due to a mechanical problem, the red car was driven to fourth place by Peter Critchley. Schiller hopes this is a good omen for his Sprints performance. "Leyburn will be my first competitive run. It's taken me a while to do a few things to it - it used to run on aviation fuel and now has a starter motor instead of having to be push-started,' said Schiller, from Cambooya, near Toowoomba. "I'm hoping it's got a bit more power (than Belinda's car)." In fact, the 1.3 litre MG engine has produced 61.8 brake horsepower in tests, a modest output by modern standards but sufficient to give the lightweight roadster some competitive pace in the Sprints time trials around a 1.0 kilometre closed-street course.

The Schiller cars have another historic link as well as Leyburn. The red car - with different bodywork - finished first in a race on Bathurst's Mount Panorama in 1946. The silver car came second. Schiller said he would like to add the third-placed car in that event, another MG, to his current collection of six pre- and post-war MGs. Sprints Race Director Mike Collins says the old MGs' appearance would be a special treat for spectators. "It's extraordinary that Col Schiller has collected not one but two cars from the 1949 grand prix when few others remain and that they're coming 'home' for the 24th Historic Leyburn Sprints," he said. "Both MGs are 80 years old and still going strong. It will be exciting to see them on track again." ●



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RATEPAYERS TO BE HIT OVER ASBESTOS BY JEREMY SOLLARS The Southern Downs Regional Council has refused to confirm or deny if it is facing legal action brought by the Queensland Government over an asbestos incident at Warwick Central State School in August last year. As reported in the Free Times in 2018 top-dressing material containing low levels of asbestos was spread on the Warwick Central State School oval, and on the main Collegians Junior Rugby League Club playing field at St Mark's Ovals in Warwick, with a still-unidentified whistle-blower alerting the council and the Department of Education shortly afterwards. The surfaces of both were subsequently ripped up by contractors using heavy earthmoving equipment and replaced at what is understood to be significant expense to ensure the safety of students and junior rugby league players. In at least the case of the Collegians playing field the top-dressing material was sourced from a private supplier who in part used mulch - containing asbestos fragments - obtained from a council waste facility. It has not been conclusively established how the asbestos found its way into the council mulch, but Right To Information (RTI) documents obtained by the Free Times indicate it was via illegal dumping by unknown parties potentially as far back as 2014, when free mulch was offered to the public for collection from the Allora Waste Facility in December of that year. The Free Times understands the State Government may be pursuing legal action against the council to recover costs related to the Warwick Central State School incident, and the council has faced or may be facing action by Workplace Health and Queensland (WHSQ) over asbestos at a number of its waste facilities. A council spokeswoman this week said the council's policy was not to comment "on legal matters", but what is on the record is that the council is currently seeking tenders from the private sector for the remediation of sections of three of its waste facilities where asbestos is located - at Warwick, Allora and Killarney - at a likely considerable cost to ratepayers. The tenders are due to close at 2pm on Thursday 29 August 2019. Mapping associated with the tender documents indicates the locations requiring remediation are well away from areas accessed by the public during the normal course of household waste disposal and the documents do not suggest there is a risk to public health. The tender documents publicly available on the Queensland Local Government 'Tenderbox' website state that all three of the wate facility sites "currently have asbestos issues that need to be remediated" and that the council "is seeking a suitably qualified and experienced contractor to remediate the sites". "The Allora and Killarney Transfer Stations and Warwick Landfill have material stored on site that is likely to be contaminated with asbestos," the tender documents state. "These sites need to be remediated to ensure Council operates both sites in accordance with its environmental approval. "The scope of work will include the collection, cleaning and removal of contaminated material and soils from the designated areas. 14 SOUTHERN FREE TIMES


Contractors removing the surface of the Warwick Central State School oval in August last year. "The contractor must fully inform themselves of the extent of the works. No variation will be considered where a contractor has not undertaken sufficient site investigation. As a general overview, the following surface quantities are likely required to be removed (NB: This includes soil to be scraped back and removed (indicative estimates only that will need to be confirmed by contractor): ¡ Allora - 4,900m3 ¡ Killarney - 3,600m3 ¡ Warwick - 7,100m3 "Practical completion of the work must be reached no later than three (3) months from the Contract Commencement Date unless an extension is expressly agreed to in writing by the parties. This is a material term of the contract. "The contractor must collect and remove waste material, which is likely to be contaminated with asbestos, from the subject locations and transport to the Warwick Landfill site located at Lot 131, SP108821 or an approved alternative location as negotiated. "If an approved alternative location for disposal is negotiated, the Contractor is responsible for any fees payable for disposal, and for making any arrangements necessary with that location's contact person. "During the collection, removal and remediation of the subject locations, the contractor must use appropriate suppression methods to ensure contaminated waste does not become airborne. "All collected wastes to be transported must be securely wrapped for both transport and disposal to mitigate the risk of airborne waste contamination. "The subject locations must be remediated so that no potentially contaminated asbestos waste can be accessed or excavated from the subject locations. This will mean the contractor will need to scrape back approximately fifty (50mm) millimetres of the top layer of soil and dispose of in accordance with the asbestos disposal requirements. "Once excavated, a geo-fabric layer must be placed on the excavated area. Clean gravel (equivalent to road base) must then be brought onto the site and placed over the geo-fabric layer to a minimum coverage depth of fifty (50mm) millimetres, ensuring the capping of the areas of potential contamination.

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Asbestos remediation tenders have been called for work at the Allora, Killarney and Warwick waste facilities. "At the conclusion of the remediation, the contractor must engage an appropriately licensed asbestos assessor to inspect the sites to verify the subject locations have been remediated. "The contractor must provide Council with a copy of the clearance inspection certificate issued by the licensed asbestos assessor within twenty-four (24) hours of issue. "The contractor must not talk to the media, but instead direct all media enquiries to the Council delegate."

A PAPER TRAIL? While the council has declined to comment on any potential legal action it may be facing over the 2018 asbestos incidents, the Right To Information (RTI) material obtained by the Free Times in relation to the council's asbestos issues shows officers appear to have known about the presence of asbestos at waste facilities as far back as 2016. While the RTI documents are heavilyredacted - and the Free Times has chosen not to name specific council staff identified in emails and other documents - they show the council had concerns about asbestosrelated insurance claims, and was concerned about the public reaction to asbestos incidents, referring to "hysteria" and "risk and reputation". The following are excerpts from the RTI material detailing internal exchanges between council staff dating back to late 2017, when it appears the council first became aware asbestos material may have

been leaving its waste facilities in the form of timber and other mulch products ... (Monday 16 October 2017) "Hi ... please find below details of an issue we became aware of on Friday. As you will see ... and I are meeting with relevant parties this week to obtain further information, but wanted to make you aware of this as soon as possible." "How do we know the Asbestos came from our facility and does (redacted breach of confidence) add anything else to the material he gets from SDRC? Do we know how this came to attention, has the material just been supplied to the person in ... Is there a chance that there was already asbestos contamination at the ... property? If there appears to be any clear evidence the asbestos came from our compost we need to inform our insurer through ... Please keep me informed." "On Friday I received a call from ... who is an asbestos removalist in Warwick. He has been speaking to a person in ... about some asbestos he has found in some compost/ soil conditioning that he received and has applied to his lawn. ... advised that the product came from (redacted - breach of confidence). The mulch that made up this product came from the Allora waste facility approximately two (2) years ago. ... was of the opinion that the health, safety and environmental risk is negligible but he appreciates the attention asbestos brings ... The pathway for council will be clearer once more information is obtained from both ... and (redacted) it will come down to risk and reputation. "

NEWS "Spoke with (redacted). He knew of meeting this coming Wednesday with ... and wanted to be in attendance. (Redacted) indicated that he has used the timber waste for composting / soil conditioning and selling it to top dress lawns or place on the ground prior to laying turf. (Redacted) indicated that 12-18 months ago he obtained the timber waste from the Allora Waste Facility. He received a call on Friday 13 October to advise that there was some hardy flex in product that a bloke from ... has got. (Redacted) claimed it was just a few specks and that it was a drop in the ocean. (Redacted) advised that after he obtained his timber waste, Council brought all the timber waste back to Warwick - he didn't know why but he was suspicious of this as it jeopardised his operation. (Redacted) wanted an explanation as to why the mulch was taken from Allora to Warwick after he removed some." "At 11.25am (redacted) attended the meeting. (Redacted) mentioned that he had added cow manure ... to the mulch - he obtained approximately 400 - 500 cubic metres of timber mulch from Allora. (Redacted) thought that he had removed 17 loads at 44 cubic metres each around November 2014. (Redacted) mentioned that it was a bit odd that when he wanted additional timber mulch, there was none left as it was all carted back to Warwick (redacted) confirmed that it would've been 18 months or longer since he removed the timber mulch - it was close to Christmas." (Monday 23 October 2017) Notes from Councils Merit System " ... called Council on 13 October 2017

deemed non-hazardous to players' and students' health, asbestos is a controlled hazardous substance with strict regulation around its handling and disposal. The following is taken from the 'Safe Work Australia' website and is provided here as general information ... ● Asbestos was once used in Australia in more than 3,000 different products including fibro, flue pipes, drains, roofs, gutters, brakes, clutches and gaskets. Asbestos becomes a health risk when its fibres are released into the air and breathed in. Breathing in asbestos fibres can cause asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma. · The risk of contracting these diseases increases with the number of fibres inhaled. · The risk of lung cancer from inhaling asbestos fibres is greater if you smoke. · Those who get health problems from inhaling asbestos have usually been exposed to high levels of asbestos for a long time. Symptoms don't usually appear until 20 to 30 years after initial exposure.

A map from tender documents showing asbestos remediation areas at the Warwick landfill. to advise that he has spoken to a (redacted) about asbestos in some soil conditioning he obtained from (redacted). ... claims that (redacted) obtained approximately 400 cubic metres of timber mulch from the Allora Waste Facility (redacted) loaded the product himself. (Redacted) has apparently added manure ... and has developed the soil conditioning as a result and he has been selling to the public. ... indicated that whilst the risk to the public is very low there

is still the hysteria around asbestos. ... and I (senior SDRC officer) agreed to meet at the Warwick SDRC office on Wednesday 11 October 2017 at 11.00am to discuss the matter further. "

A total ban on asbestos came into effect in Australia on 31 December 2003. It is illegal to make it, use it or import it from another country. ●

ASBESTOS - THE RISKS While the levels of asbestos removed from the Collegians playing field and the Warwick Central State School Oval were

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CRYPTIC PUZZLE NO. 7587 - SOLUTIONS Across - 1, Glow-worm. 6, Dope. 8, S’ti-r. 9, Threa-ten. 10, D-re-am. 11, S-onn-et. 13, Little. 15, As-sets. 17, Weasel. 19, Crack. 22, List-less. 23, (ded)Iced(rev.) 24, Lead. 25, Dispense. Down - 2, La-t-er. 3, War-rant. 4, O-at-(Marc)h. 5, Marksman. 6, Dr-awn. 7, Pre-vent. 12, Well-read. 14, It-emise. 16, Service. 18, Sited(anag.) 20, C-he’s - s. 21, As-k(I’d)s.

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A PRETTY ORDINARY ROUND OF NRL I am sure I am not alone in saying Round 21 of the NRL tossed up some of the worst displays of rugby league ever seen. I guess the only saving grace was I had not paid good money to watch those games and when enough was enough I could channel surf or hit the off button. The Broncos were simply woeful and the Cowboys no better. That first half of that game was simply dreadful - almost embarrassing. Somehow the Broncos came away with a win in a Queensland derby that was a mere shadow of what we have come to expect from these games. The Broncos have limped into the eight but whether or not they deserve to be remains up for debate. The Eels and Knights game also hit and a low with both teams way off the boil. The Titans players should be taking a long hard look at themselves. Their performance since apparently having a big hand in dispatching another Coach to the scrap heap has, put simply not been up to first grade standard. Their incoming Coach possibly spending his Saturday night in the foetal position asking himself "What have I done?" Fortunately we were also treated to some outstanding performances on Sunday as the top four teams went head to head. Sunday's games were the best advertising the game could have wished for as the finals come hurtling towards us. They could not have come at a better time; especially in light of the Wallabies outstanding win on Saturday night and if you are a Queensland supporter, another Lions victory. The Lions continue to go about the business of winning and winning back some of their disillusioned fans without any fanfare or chest beating. (take note Broncos). The Wallabies win over the All Blacks in the Bledisloe Cup game was exceptional. We saw the Wallabies playing a different style of Union and they certainly rattled the All Blacks. What was very noticeable was the attitude of both teams to calls by the referee. No whinging; no arguing; no back chat - just accept the decision and get on with the next play. players could learn a lot. And was I mistaken or were there a couple of linesmen who seemed to be doing a job not just occupying space on the side line? In the meantime do we dare to dream of Bledisloe glory and a good world Cup performance just around the corner? (I'm putting the improvement down to the inclusion of an O'Connor in the Wallabies line up.) Of course the proof will be in the pudding at Eden Park on Saturday night. More channel surfing will be required Saturday night I'm thinking. And then of course there is the second game of the Ashes commencing tomorrow (Wednesday) night at Lords. The prospect of going two nil up against the Poms should be enough to sandpaper a few splinters and rough edges off the Barmy Army and get the Green and Gold supporters up off their seats. Big week and more black coffee coming up. - Casey HEART OF RUGBY LEAGUE FAMILY ON DISPLAY In spite of the negative press that we so 18 SOUTHERN FREE TIMES


The Stanthorpe Gremlins continued on from their great attacking performance against Valleys (pictured) when they played Goondiwindi at home on Saturday, coming home with an impressive 38-20 win. often hear about Rugby League and rugby league players the Rugby League family has always been one which looks after its own. Last week at two TRL grounds we once again saw evidence of this. On Saturday at Fr Ranger Oval the Cowboys recognised the contribution of former player, the late Scott "Pincher" Ellis, laying a commemorative sandstone plaque on the renamed Scott "Pincher" Ellis Hill in his memory. Club vice President Matt Grew said Ellis loved the Hill and thinks he would be chuffed. He said it is hoped that those who share Ellis' love of the Hill and for his many mates it would become a place where they could pause there and share their stories of a bloke who loved the Cowboys and was a much loved member of the Cowboy's family. The Ellis family has strong ties to the Cowboys. Several months ago during the Australia Day Cricket Carnival Scott's father Ross told me that the support of his son's football and cricket mates and the Cowboy's organisation had been a great comfort and help to the family following the loss of their son. Ross said he was humbled by the club's recognition of his son and reflected again on the importance of community groups that help keep everyone going in tough times. Meanwhile on Sunday the Valley's Roosters rallied behind the family of Jacinta Foulds part of their own brood who passed away suddenly last week from influenza. All three of the Fould's children play for the Roosters and Jacinta's husband Dan coaches the Under 10 side. On Sunday the Roosters A Grade side stood arm in arm as did the Gatton Hawks for a minutes silence prior to their game. While a GoFundMe pages has been set p to assist the family the Rugby League family raised an impressive $2175 during Sunday's game. There is no denying Rugby League has its heart in the right place when it matters most. WATTLES FALTER - VALLEYS CLAIM MINOR PREMIERSHIP In the final round of the 2019 TRL fixtures it was business as usual for Valleys but in a big upset Wattles faltered at the last hurdle. Wattles shock loss on the weekend

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to Goondiwindi Boars saw them relinquish their number one position. Valleys snatched the Minor Premiership from their arch rivals after they smacked the Gatton hawks 44-28. Warwick meanwhile will head into the TRL finals filled with confidence after thrashing Brothers 60-10 in their final home game of the season. So after 18 rounds of fixtures this is how the A Grade Teams fared:- Valleys 27, Wattles 26, Warwick 24, Dalby 21, Goondiwindi 18, Gatton 14, Southern Suburbs 12, Brothers 10, Pittsworth 10, Highfields 8, Oakey 6 The first week of the TRL finals has tossed up some exciting clashes. As Minor Premiers Valleys, sit out week one of the finals. On Saturday night in the elimination final Dalby take on Goondiwindi and on Sunday it will be an epic clash between Wattles and the Cowboys in the Qualifying final. This season all finals games return to Clive Berghofer Oval. WARM WAIT FOR MAUGERI There was more than one Stanthorpe golfer with a passing thought that the clubhouse was the place before play got underway last Saturday. Weather conditions were never going to do golfers any favours with the wind whistling and the icy conditions prevailing pre tee off. Golfers however are a dedicated or crazy lot and play got underway in the Stableford event sponsored by club member, Madeline Jarman. Among the first group out was Angelo Maugeri who returned 40 points for his round. He scored 22 points on the front nine and as the temperature dropped was home in 18. Maugeri then had to wait (tucked up in the warmth of the clubhouse) for the field finish before he could claim Saturday's win. Keith Allen next best, for the second week survived a count back to secure the runner up position after he and Barry Hughes finished their rounds with 37 points. Nikki Waterworth dominated the ladies event. She was out in 22 and home in 21 for a winning score of 43 points. Not satisfied with just the win Nikki also collected the ladies' pin at three and the approach at 12. Lorraine Evans with 33 points received the runner's up prize after sponsor for the

day, Madeline, took herself out of the prize winning position. After a good round Jarman had returned 37 points. At 17 it was Trish Fittock who had best the best approach for the ladies. Sponsor Madeline Jarman (37), Linda Kelly (31) and Margie Locke (31)all figured in the the Ladies run down. In the Men's event Scott Constable collected the balls for the pin shot at three and the birdies nest at four. Mick O'Brien held the pin at 12. The pin at 17 went unclaimed although a few players went through the green. Pro-pins were claimed by Len Leigh at 1/10, Angelo Maugeri at 5/14 and Rod Werner at 9/18. In the run down for the men, a ball to Barry Hughes (37), Len Leigh (35), Lyle Bryant (35) and Rod Werner (35). Everyone who finished the round on Saturday should be congratulated for their tenacity on such a trying day. I am sure the lure of the wood fire in the club house was a strong incentive for players to complete their round as quickly as possible. After enduring last Saturday's conditions players will be pleased to hear that the forecast for Saturday is much kinder although the forecasters are teasing us with the prediction of showers. I am sure our golfers would be delighted to be dancing in the rain on the greens during the Single Stableford sponsored by 'Sinbad' aka Ian Pickering. Tee off for this event will be from the normal time (11.00am) and there is a time sheet posted at the clubhouse. BRIDGE CHAMPIONS ANNOUNCED The 2019 Stanthorpe Bridge Club Championships have been decided. The winners Helen Reeves and John Fernie were announced last week. Each won a bottle of wine for their efforts in addition to ridge group played a four table Mitchell for Green points. N/S winners were Teresa and Gerald Embery. In second place was Tenterfield visitor Terry Powell and playing partner Margaret Brooks. E/W winners were the Champion combination of John Fernie and Helen Reeves. Carole Lihou and Keith Barnett took second place. MAUGERI MAKES IT TWO With the prediction of icy winds and the possibility of the white fluffy stuff falling on the Granite Belt last weekend Sporters President Ray Thorn picked the ideal time to head sunny North Queensland, leaving the remainder of the Sporters band to deal with the evil Granite Belt conditions on Sunday morning. The conditions did not deter Angelo Maugeri who it appears revels in "polar conditions". Maugeri continued on from where he left off after his win in Saturday's competition to make it two wins in two days. His score of nett 21 excellent in the harsh conditions, et Gross of the day Matt Waterworth got the nod as runner up. Ian Anderson collected the balls on offer for the run down and the pro-pin at 15. Nikki Waterworth was another to hold her form from Saturday's round and held the pin shot at 12, the only player to land on the green, and also a ball for second runner up. The meat tray winners were Aaron Simmers and Phil Zikan, both players happy to stand over the BBQ later in the day. Sporters will be teeing off again on Sunday, from 8.00 to 8.30 am and will be hoping for kinder conditions and that the prediction of a shower of rain turns out to be more than just a "prediction".


COWBOYS SEND OMINOUS WARNING The Warwick Cowboys sent an ominous warning to the teams in the TRL finals after making it five wins on the trot to close out the 2019 TRL fixtures. The Cowboys left one of their bet games of the season for last when they gave Brothers an absolute bath in their final home game of the season last Saturday night. The Cowboys head into this weekend's qualifying final against Wattles after inflicting a brutal 44-28 win on Brothers. Craig Donn who has been consistent all season opened the scoring for the Cowboys when the game was just six minutes old. The try opened the flood gates as the homeside scored another four tries before Dalby managed to get points on the board three minutes from half time. Mick Bloomfield kicked four from five conversions in the first half and at the break the score was 28-6 and the Cowboys were already making a statement. As the temperature at Fr Ranger Oval plummeted the second half commenced much the same as the first with the Cowboy's on fire. It took under a minute for Cowboys captain Mick Bloomfield to claim his sixth try of the season but he was unable to convert his own try. Brothers centre Alex Rangiira was the next to score but that would be the last points Brothers posted as the Cowboys ran amok. They notched up five more tries before the full time siren put Brothers supporters out of their misery. In all the Cowboys scored 11 tries. Harry Sullivan led the way with a hat trick and Craig Donn a double. A posse of Cowboys lined up to score in the game including Mitch Watson, Joe Fuimaono, Tyrelle Ross, Mitch McMahon and Ben Sullivan. Captain Mick Bloomfield contributed 20 points to the overall total. He nailed eight conversions in addition to a try. Craig Donn picked up the three points for the Webcke Medal after another great performance. Cowboy's Mr Reliable Sam Broomhall received one point. WARWICK 60 (Harry Sullivan 3, Craig Donn 2, Mitch Watson, Joe Fuimaono, Tyrelle Ross, Michael Bloomfield, Mitch McMahon, Ben Sullivan tries; Bloomfield 8 goals) defeated BROTHERS 10 (Nick Nairn, Alex Rangiira tries; Sam Betros goal) Minor Grade results:Reserve Grade:- Warwick 44 d. Brothers 18 Under 18 :-Warwick 48 d. Brothers 18 Second Division :-Newtown 26 d. Warwick 12 MISSED OPPORTUNITY COSTLY FOR WATTLES Road trips to Goondiwindi over the years

have brought many good rugby league teams undone. It seems nothing much has changed as the Goondiwindi Boars claimed the scalp of the TRL competition leaders last Saturday at Gilbert Oval and in doing so denied Wattles the 2019 Minor Premiership. The win also cemented a place in the TRL finals for the home-side who had been looking at a possible mid week playoff against Gatton. In front of one of the biggest crowds seen at a TRL game all season Goondiwindi dominated possession from the kick off and after 11 minutes fullback David Armstrong crossed to open the scoring. His try was successfully converted by David McGrady. With everything to play for Wattles showed why they have been one of the top teams all year and hit back when frontrower Mitch Duff barged over the line. Matt Duggan converted to level the scores and it was game on. Goondiwindi five eighth David McGrady had an excellent game. His kicking was one of the game highlights continually turning opposition around. The Boars forwards set a great platform with a solid go forward all game. Ashley Jarrett and Mark Offerdahl were outstanding as the intensity of the game lifted. Some clever play from Carl Clement, the Boars captain broke the six all deadlock in the 28th minute and with another successful conversion from McGrady the Boars led 12-6 at half time. The home-side came out in the second half knowing they needed to put points on the board. It was a dream start for the Boars. Back to back tries to McGrady and Tom Davis shocked Wattles as their opens took a handy 22-6 lead 12 minutes into the second half. Knowing what was at stake Wattles were not going to die wondering especially Matt Duggan who threw his all at the opposition. It was not until the 68th minute that Wattles were able to break the shackles and full back Andrew Richardson scored. Duggan converted and with the score at 22-12 and 12 minutes remaining Wattles hope of a minor premiership were slim but still alive. On the back of some excellent defence and plenty of home crowd support Goondiwindi was able to fend off the Wattles attack until the full time siren sounded. Wattles saw the Minor Premiership slip away while Goondiwindi celebrated their ninth win of the season and elevation to the TRL finals for the first time in a number of years It was no surprise that McGrady received

three points in the Webcke Medal after a top shelf performance. Wattles Matt Duggan received two points and the Boars Ashley Jarret one point. It has been a grand season for the Goondiwindi club who head in to the finals with teams in all four grades. Wattles meanwhile will rue the lost opportunity of a Minor Premiership but are sure to put the disappointment and last weekend's loss behind them as they prepare for an epic game against the Cowboys in week one of the finals on Sunday. GOONDIWINDI 22 (David Armstrong, Carl Clement, David McGrady, Tom Davis tries; McGrady 3 goals) defeated WATTLES 12 (Mitch Duff, Andrew Richardson tries; Matt Duggan 2 goals). In other games :Reserve Grade:- Goondiwindi 36 d Wattles 16 ; Under 18:- Goondiwindi 34 d. Wattles 26. Second Division:- Stanthorpe 38 d. Goondiwindi 20 GREMLINS GUNNING FOR FINALS GLORY The Stanthorpe Gremlins scored an impressive away win in the final fixture round of the TRL Clive Berghofer Second Division competition defeating Goondiwindi 38-20. It was the fifth win of the season for the Stanthorpe side and assured them of a place in the 2019 finals. It was an eye catching win on the back of the team's big win at home last weekend during the Stanthorpe Rugby League Celebrations. The Gremlins burst of the blocks scoring at better than a point a minute. After 13 minutes they had posted three tries and three Conversions. Prolific point scorer, Jake Burnell was off to a blistering start with two tries and three conversions. The other try coming from Zac Hendry. The Gremlins had the Boars on the back foot and silenced the big crowd. William Leo gave the Boar's supporters something to cheer about when he was next to score putting the home-side on the board. The score 18-4. The Gremlins quickly shut down any further scoring opportunities from the Boars and were able to take full advantage of the breeze (gale) behind them in the first half. Two 40/20's off the boot of Burnell gave the Gremlins excellent field position. The Gremlins posted another two tries courtesy of Jason Cobon, now one of the veterans of the side and Lachlan Hendry before the half time break. One the back of the safe boot of Jake Burnell the Gremlins went to half time leading 30-4. The Boars opened the second half with more commitment and drew first blood in


the opening minutes when Cohen Fernando scored and then converted his own try. The Gremlins were tenacious and a good play from Connor Hartley Simpson and another Burnell conversion extended the margin to 38-10 with a little over 10 minutes to play. The Boars, now with the wind at their backs threw everything at the visitors adding another two tries and a conversion however the horse had bolted. The final score Gremlins 38- Goondiwindi 20. It was an impressive performance from the Gremlins and they now head into the finals series. The points table at the end of the fixture rounds looked this way: - Newtown (20); Gatton (16); Stanthorpe (11); Goondiwindi (11); Texas (7); Warwick (5); Valleys (0). Of the five teams that will compete for the Clive Berghofer Second Division Premiership, two are former BRL teams. This weekend Newtown as Minor Premiers have a week off and on Saturday Goondiwindi play Texas in the elimination final and Stanthorpe and Gatton go head to head on Sunday. Kick off at Clive Berghofer Oval is 2.00pm Saturday and 10.00am Sunday. Stanthorpe captain Gary skimmings has every reason to be pleased with his side. They look to have peaked at the right end of the season but will need to show the good form of recent games when they take on the Hawks. The two sides only met once during the fixtures and that resulted in a nail biting 10-6 win to the Hawks in round eight. TRL FINALS WEEK ONE SATURDAY Second Division - Goondiwindi vs Texas at 2pm U18s - Goondiwindi vs Highfields at 3.30pm Reserve grade - Wattles vs Highfields at 5pm A-grade - Dalby vs Goondiwindi at 7pm SUNDAY Second Division - Gatton vs Stanthorpe at 10am U18s - Dalby vs Gatton at 11.30am Reserve Grade - Goondiwindi vs Gatton at 1pm A-grade - Wattles vs Warwick at 2.30pm All games played at Clive Berghofer Stadium ●



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