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Inside this Month

Issue 28 — September 2013

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• Roma to turn up the heat for Food and Fire Fest

Page 6 • Titans on parade at employment expos

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• Roadtesting the new Citroen DS3 Cabrio

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What’s on this month

Notes from the editor WELCOME to this month’s Thirsty Work. Here we are into September as another year flies by. A friend of mine posted a photo online the other day of his trip to the States where saw goods on display in a shop advertising Hallowe’en activities. My bemused mate’s one word comment with the photo was simply “really?” It was an understandable reaction, given Hallowe’en is a a good two months away and there can’t be too many people thinking “gee, I better get my trick or treat costume sorted out real soon.” Though I might be wrong and that is exactly what people are thinking in early September. Though I haven’t seen anything for Hallowe’en in our stores yet, that might be more to do with the fact that a) I haven’t been looking hard enough and b) Hallowe’en is still not fully established as an Australian tradition despite the best effeorts of marketers. Still I expect it won’t be too long at all before we see endless ads for Christmas on television and the shops awash with fake trees and decorations. Then as soon as those decorations are pulled down for the Boxing Day sales, we’ll see the Valentine’s Day cards and the first Easter eggs on the shelf. And then Mother’s Day and a host of other Hallmark holidays to follow. No doubt another mate will send out a sarcastic “really?” photo. Let us know if you’ve had any ‘really?” moments lately. Why not like “Thirsty Work Magazine” and send us your pic of some ridiculously early marketing you’ve seen in the wild.

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Dalby Health Service (Hospital). For bookings and further information phone Dea Sprong on 4669 0517. Saturday, September 14 – Relay for Life at Dalby Showgrounds Saturday September 14 – Lend Me A Tenor at Dalby Players Little Theatre 8pm Sunday September 15 – Lend Me A Tenor at Dalby Players Little Theatre 2pm Sunday, September 15 – Dalby Country Music Club will hold its monthly social at Dalby Senior Citizens Centre, starting 1pm. Admission $5, school-age children free, afternoon tea provided, lucky door prizes and raffles. All welcome. For more details, phone secretary Trish Finn on 0427 691 456. Friday September 20 – Lend Me A Tenor at Dalby Players Little Theatre 8pm Saturday, September 21 – Markets at Dalby Showgrounds 6am to noon contact Stan 0429 696 775 Saturday September 21 – Lend Me A Tenor at Dalby Players Little Theatre 8pm Saturday, September21 – Dalby Spring Garden Week starts and runs until Sunday September 29. Saturday/Sunday, September 28/29 – Dalby Go Kart race meeting at track on Dennis St. JANDOWAE Saturday, September 14 – Garden party/market day for RACQ Careflight Rescue and Royal Flying Doctor Service at Jandowae Golf Club. Sunday, September 22 - Jan-



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dowae Markets at Lions Park 8am to noon. Lions Club will be cooking Breakfast in the Park including bacon and eggs, donuts and cappuccinos. Contact Norma 4668 5486 or Kay 4668 5408. JIMBOUR Saturday/Sunday, September 7/8 - Jimbour Trail Bike Ride at Jimbour Station, open, novice and pee wee tracks, contact Karl Graham 0407763547. JONDARYAN Friday/Sunday, September 6/8 – Jackie Howe Festival of the Golden Shears at Jondaryan Woolshed. Saturday, September 14 – Old time dance at Flagstone Creek Hall (Jondaryan Woolshed) dance to Mark’s Music 8pm to midnight. Adults $10, children $5, includes supper. Sunday, September 15 – Sunday, June 16 – Family Fun Day at Jondaryan Woolshed, guided tours, demonstrations, horse and cart rides and barbecue lunch from noon to 2pm KUMBIA Saturday, September 29 – Kumbia Markets Bell Street Kumbia local produce, fruit and vegetables in season (5th Saturday of Month) MILES Saturday, September 14 Miles Historical Village Museum 42nd Anniversary Day with a political theme and featuring 1913, when there was also a Federal Election. ROMA Saturday, September 7 – Frist birthday celebrations t PCYC Maranoa 10am-2pm.

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Saturday, September 7 – Drags at Ironbark Raceway Saturday, September 14 – Santos Food and Fire Festival Bassett Park. Saturday, September 21 – Roma Farmers and Artisans Markets at Big Rig Parklands Riggers Road 8am to 12.30pm Sunday, September 21 – Motocross Club Day at Roma Motocross track from 7.30am Saturday/Sunday, September 21/22 – Roma Golden Hobbles Campdraft at Bassett Park, Roma, 5.30am start. Sunday, October 6 - RSL Markets at Roma RSL Hall 8am to 1pm ST RUTH Saturday, September 28 – Old time dance at St Ruth Hall 8pm. Adults $8, high school student’s $3 supper, novelty events, raffle and lucky door prize. Enquiries to 4662 1710 TARA Saturday, September 7 – Tara Markets 7am to 2pm Tara Men’s Group Shed cnr Day and Fry Streets. Contact Frank 4665 3847. Monday, September 30 – Mobile Women’s Health Nurse Barbara Milne will be conducting a free women’s health clinic at Tara Primary Health Care Centre. For bookings and further information Barbie Sommerfeld on 4678 7900.

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A quick roundup of what events are happening around the district. BELL Friday/Saturday, September 6/7 – Bell Theatre Restaurant Haunted Halloween, bookings Ruth Storey 4663 1348 (home) or at Bell Community Centre 4663 1087. Saturday, September 14 – Races at Bell Recreation Grounds, six race program Friday/Sunday, September 27/29 – Watercolour workshop hosted by Bell Art Group, tutors Barry and Lucy McCann,$25 per day, bookings and information Ruth Storey 4663 1087 (BH). BOWENVILLE Saturday, September 7 – Bowenville Hall Committee old time dance from 8pm. Music by Jus’ Dancin’. Tasty supper. Admission $9. Break-up for Friday night dance classes. CHINCHILLA Sunday, September 15 – Markets at Chinchilla Visitor Information Centre 7.30 am to 12.30 pm contact Lindley on 4665 7556. Miniature trains run at Chinchilla Museum 10am-4pm. Rides for all ages. DALBY Thursday, September 5 – Opening of Dalby Men’s Shed at Kupunn Memorial Hall in Pioneer Park Museum 9am. Saturday, September 7 – Dalby State School Creekside Markets in Jimbour and Bunya streets, 8am -2pm. Thursday, September 12 – Mobile Women’s Health Nurse Barbara Milne will be conducting a free women’s health clinic at

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Dalby turns on the samba for 150 with a carnival atmosphere and street party to boot. There was also an amazing race, markets and rides for the kids. The Windy City Jazz Band performed in the afternoon with the evening topped off by a concert by wife and husband duo Deb Conway and Willy Zygier. Mayor Ray Brown said Dalby's 150th birthday celebrations were a prime opportunity to start looking to the future. "Today is certainly an acknowledgement of 150 years, but it is also about

FOR a 150 year old, the town of Dalby still has a youthful spring in its step and it celebrated its big birthday in style last month. The early settlers who camped beside the Myall Creek 150 years ago would not recognise the bustling town that Dalby has become with a unique mixture of lifestyles to suit everyone. The town was alive with action on August 17 commemorating the day 150 years Dalby was officially gazetted as a township. The highlight was a parade down Cunningham St

The music, dancing and markets ❝ were great...lovin’ Dalby! Michelle Roger

what the next 150 years is going to bring. I think that is the key," Cr Brown said. "The day was a wonderful acknowledgement of our past. It's a credit to the whole community." Michelle Roger was one of hundreds who lined the streets. “The music, dancing and markets were great,” she said, “Bring on delicious and delightful then spring creek markets...Lovin Dalby!” Meanwhile artist Kylie Bourne captured the essence of the town in three mosaics on the main street. The works depict three elements of living in Dalby – the music and arts, the agricultural sector and a general overview of the entire town. Ms Bourne worked on the mosaics for over a month,

Performers on stilts catch the eye of the crowds at the 150 years parade in August. following consultation sessions on what Dalby meant to the community. Ms Bourne said the mosaics were her first pieces of art on public display. “It’s nice to have work where lots of people can enjoy it,” she said.

Local newspaper the Dalby Herald got in on the action producing a 150 years booklet, a snapshot of the people and memories that shaped the town. The book was the culmination of the hard work and interest of the entire Dalby

community who shared photos and stories. The book is a snapshot of prominent people, events, sporting teams and businesses that have made Dalby since its beginning as a settlement on the banks of the Myall.


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and nose, Mr Norman reportedly managed to crack a smile when he heard Peter Pumpkin Eater had taken first place, with Fifty/Fifty – another camel from his stable – running a close second. The camels netted him $800 in prize money and he returned two days later to retrieve his well-earned Tara Plate before driving to Brisbane for further scans. Mr Norman has been racing camels for 10 years, racing at the first Tara races with Priscilla, known more for shenanigans off the track than for speed on

it. Mr Norman said he held no hard feelings toward What For, but would think twice about racing him again. “He got a bit skittish and struck out, it was an unlucky accident,” he said. Mr Norman’s brother Daniel said the win brightened an otherwise gloomy day in hospital. “He had a pretty emotional res-

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Chef Ben to cook treat

What: Celebrating Roma’s diversity Where: Bassett Park, Roma When: Saturday, September 14

CELEBRITY chef Ben O’Donoghue will cook up a storm at this year’s Santos GLNG Food and Fire Fest in Roma. Ben O’Donoghue is one of Australia’s original and most-loved celebrity chefs. He is bestknown for his Surfing the Menu series and has enjoyed more than two decades of success as a chef, television presenter, author and columnist. Currently he is one of the hosts and contestants of The Best in Australia airing on LifeStyle Food. Ben will take part in cooking demonstrations and the Santos GLNG Cook Off. Santos GLNG Maranoa Regional Manager Sam Klaas said Ben’s attendance would be a big draw card to Food and Fire Fest which had already become a fixture on the region’s social calendar. “We are really excited we have secured Ben to headline the festival,” Mr Klaas said. “We’re expecting around 6,000 people from across the Maranoa to attend.” The Maranoa Regional Council and Santos first staged the Food and Fire Fest in 2009 to celebrate the Maranoa community and mark the 100th anniversary of an event written into Roma folklore – the Big Fire of 1908. Not as dire as it sounds, the incident was the result of a gas drilling accident that ignited a fire that lit up the skies over the township for 45 days. It was an instant tourist attraction, drawing crowds from as far away as Brisbane and Charleville. The biennial festival celebrates the region’s longstanding and prosperous oil and gas industry in the area which is still prominent today. The Food and Fire Fest will be held on September 14 at the Bassett Park Showgrounds and will feature a day of events, bands, circus performances, workshops and food stalls.

variety of international beers, as well as Mexican margaritas. For a refined experience, drop into Riversands Wine Bar to enjoy a glass of wine with a selection of cheese. Maranoa councillor Peter Flynn said foodies would be spoilt for choice at this year’s event. “Since the festival’s inception, global cuisine has been the highlight of the event and is always highly anticipated by all in attendance,” Cr Flynn said. The festival is on at Roma’s Bassett Park on Saturday, September 14.

Ben O'Donoghue will headline the Food and Fire Festival.

The Carnival of the Divine Imagination performed at the 2011 Santos Food and Fire festival.

Roma all fired up THE biennial Santos GLNG Food & Fire Fest is one of the region’s premier events celebrating Roma’s rich cultural diversity and history. The event was created in 2008 to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the Great Fire of 1908, a pivotal event in Roma’s history where the accidental discovery of gas on Hospital Hill led to a great fire that burned for 45 days before it was extinguished. The festival celebrates this first discovery of gas within the area and the booming industry it has become today. Since its inception, the Fest has become a vibrant and robust event, promoting a sense of local and cultural pride. The program for this year’s Food & Fire Fest is bursting at the seams with musical, theatrical and fire-themed performances.

African drumming troupe Baala Baajo and Indigenous Sydney duo Stiff Gins’ will warm up the stage for headliners OKA who will play into the night with their signature fusion of Australian culture and world music. A captivating fire performance by Sensory Circus Tribe and a spectacular fireworks display will keep thrill seekers entertained, while foodies are sure to enjoy cooking demonstrations by celebrity chef Ben O’Donoghue and sampling of the international cuisine and local wine on offer. ‘Elements’ art exhibition and amazing sand sculpting will be

on show for the artistically minded along with performances by local choir Vocal Aroma and Dance West and the Flying Wishes Choir. Festival-goers will be in for a treat with an array of delicious multicultural food on offer. Local chefs will be dishing up traditional fare from countries such as Africa, Japan, Sri Lanka, India and the Philippines to name a few. To complete the culinary experience, patrons can purchase the perfect drink to accompany their meal at one of two bars operating on the night. ‘Beerfest’ will be serving a

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Ramsay crowned at Roma event

Kogan Kellie is a rodeo queen

KOGAN girl Kellie Ramsay started the rodeo season as a passionate horsewoman and ended as its Queen. Crowned the Queensland Rodeo Association (QRA) Queen 2012-13 at final judging in Roma Kellie earned her crown for displaying outstanding manner, attitude, horsemanship and presentation across the rodeo season. Entrants were also judged on their fundraising efforts for Beyondblue and this is where Kellie really went to work, raising more than $8000 for a charity that hit close to home. “The rodeo association chooses a different charity every year for all the girls to raise money for but this particular one was a bit closer to my heart as I know quite a few people that have had depression or who have had a family member who has struggled with it,” Kellie said.

RODEO RULES Be an ambassador Assist with grand entries Assist committee Promote new entrants No swearing, smoking or bad behaviour Full western dress and sash during promotions No bad language or photos on social media sites Her enormous fundraising effort also won her the fundraising title and set a new record for the amount of money raised in the QRA Queen Quest. Kellie says she couldn’t have done it without the support of the local community and businesses, for which she is truly grateful. “I would also like to send out a very big thank you to Doug and Maggie Ashmore, previous lessees of the Kogan Hotel, who

were my major sponsors for the quest,” she said. Kellie’s main goal during her reign will be to set an example for the next generation of cowgirls. “I’m looking forward to meeting the new ladies and young girls that are entering the Rodeo Queen and Princess Quest this year and my main goal is just to put a positive vibe out there for all of them.” Kellie’s duties as queen will involve helping out where she can between competing, doing meet and greets, and promoting the QRA. There are strict rules Kellie must follow while acting as an ambassador for the QRA. These including wearing the full outfit while on duty, no swearing or smoking, maintaining discretion on social media websites, assisting the committee and encouraging entrants for next year’s competition.

Rodeo queen Kellie Ramsay leads the parade at the Mitchell Rodeo during the national anthem.

Meredith Lane enjoys time off fishing at the coast when not working or training for half marathons.

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A 12 hour shift driving a dump truck for Ostwald Bros isn’t enough to deter all round athlete Meredith Lane from training for the race of her life, the Sunshine Coast half marathon. Then again Meredith, affectionately known as “Mez”, has a special reason for wanting to be 100 per cent on the day as she is determined to better the time set by her mum Leanda last year. Meredith, 24, has been working with construction company Ostwald Bros at its K128 site, near Injune in western Queensland, for the past year. She works a 21 day on-seven day off roster operating dump trucks, Moxy watercarts and compactors. It will be the first time Meredith has tackled a distance race but living on the Sunshine Coast, she loves the outdoors including rock climbing, snowboarding, fishing, running and the beach. Meredith is also a keen sportswoman and has been in full training for the Sunshine Coast half Marathon (21.1kms) which is a fundraising event for Ronald McDonald House on August 25. After her shift or when at home on the Sunshine Coast, she trains five nights a week, alternating between gym and 10-12km training runs often in the dark. Meredith said she got tremendous support from Ostwald Bros and her workmates.

Meredith Lane Runner

The hardest part of shift work is prioritising your time, after a long day you feel like curling up in bed “I am constantly being asked how training is going and I can’t believe how much support and encouragement I have got,” she said. Meredith said the support also came from Clough Downer and ESS workers at the K128 site. Her partner Luke, who works as an operator on the site, also gives her great support. “The hardest part of shift work is prioritising your time, after a long day, you feel like curling up in bed or socialising with your co-workers. “However, I have committed myself to this challenge and push myself to stick to my training schedule,” she said. Her infectious smile, great sense of humour and gentle personality, hide a steely competitive resolve. Meredith’s original goal was to complete the half marathon in 2 ½ hours but she has since learnt that her mother did it in 2 1/4 hours so Meredith is determined to beat that mark.

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THE 2013 Maranoa Employment Expo was a huge success, with over 400 students and community members attending Roma’s event. The expo showcased local businesses and industries, universities, apprenticeships and oil and gas company opportunities. Maranoa Employment Expo event manager Melissa Murray said she was really pleased with the event. “We had over 350 students from schools as far west as Cunnamulla and Quilpie,” she said. “There were also over 50 mature-aged community members looking for career opportunities.” St John’s student Morgana McDermott said the expo was excellent. “Being out in a rural community, it is hard to get these opportunities, so it is really nice that the event is in Roma,” she said. “I’m interested in the universities here, and would like to study dentistry at the University of Queensland.” Fellow St John’s student Rhett Lewis said he was interested in local businesses. “It is surprising how many local businesses we have here. It gives us a good idea of the opportunities we have,” he said. “I’m not sure what I want to do in the future, but the expo is giving me some food for thought.” John Upton from St John’s said he is in-

terested in universities and the local businesses. “I might get a job at the end of the year before going to university where I would like to study engineering,” he said. Meanwhile at Chin-

“The careers expo has been really helpful and interesting and it had everything I needed in the one place,” she said Dani was joined by students from across the Western Downs who swarmed upon the

to the classroom. Along with ex-player Preston Campbell, his attendance was part of the Santos GLNG and APLNG funded Titans 4 tomorrow Indigenous mentoring program. Stalls catered for

Students hear about job options across the Surat Basin

Axial workers Paul Siljac and Mitch Clifford at the Maranoa Employment Expo in Roma.

chilla, High School student Dani Barry was relieved to be leaving this year’s careers expo with the knowledge and tools to pursue her dream of becoming a nurse. Dani said her visit to the Queensland Health exhibit and the tertiary education stands left her confident in knowing what she needs to do to get where she wants to be.

Chinchilla Cultural Centre looking for career advice and direction from the varied exhibitors and mentors. International speaker John Coutis kept the students enthralled with his inspirational life story about living with a severe disability. Titans player Luke Bailey was also on hand to give some practical advice to students who preferred the outdoors

those looking for casual work, tertiary education, skills training, a public service career or a trade apprenticeship. Over at Dalby, Titans forward Luke Bailey was a big hit with seniors at Dalby High School. He is a sporting role model worth looking up to through his involvement in the Titans 4 Tomorrow career aspiration focused mentoring session

which took place at the school in the same week as the Roma and Chinchilla sessions. Titans 4 Tomorrow is a welfare program focused on supporting and engaging students across different communities. The Dalby session focused specifically on transitions from school to work for the soon-tobe graduates. Just like the senior students, Bailey has taken the time to plan his career pathway extending beyond the football field. The star player has ambitions to undertake studies in community development, inspired by his work with Titans 4 Tomorrow. Bailey used his decisionmaking experiences to motivate the final year students to set goals and pursue further education, training and employment opportunities beyond school. The visit was part of the ongoing and highly successful “I Can’’ program for schools in the Surat Basin region. The isolated-area focused program started last year with goals to improve attendance, welfare and wellbeing of Indigenous students across nine schools. Indigenous programs workshop facilitator Kyel Dancey said the program has received very positive feedback. “The students say it’s one of the best things to happen to them in grade 12,” he said. “They enjoy talking about new issues each time.”

Titans players Preston Campbell and Luke Bailey rip into Mayor Rob Loughnan at the Maranoa Employment Expo.

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GOLD Coast Titans star Luke Bailey stopped in at Roma for the Maranoa Employment Expo. The tough prop forward is currently out injured but took the opportunity to join the Titans 4 Tomorrow team on their visit. Luke made the trip with past Titans player Preston Campbell to chat with local students about career opportunities. “It’s great meeting with kids who live in remote areas and don’t have access to NRL players,” Luke said. “Just meeting them and within a few minutes they are chatting away and comfortable, it’s really fulfilling.” Luke and Preston spent the day promoting the T4T program sponsored by both Santos and Origin. The players signed autographs and posed for a few shots before heading off to the Roma State College senior campus. The students got a chance to chat with both Luke and Preston about the Ican program which is currently running in Roma. The program was developed to inspire indigenous students in the Surat Basin to complete Year 12 and pursue further education, training and employment opportunities. Roma State College principal Anthony Green said it was always great to have the Titans come out and interact with the kids. “The good thing about sports professionals is they hold values that can be taken across to the classroom and into life,” Mr Green said. “They work hard and are determined to be successful which makes them great role models for our students.” With Luke only recently coming on board with Ican, this was his first trip out to Roma and first chance to meet with the kids involved. “For a country town the kids are pretty switched on,” he said. “I can relate to them as well because I’m coming up to retirement and am looking at my own future.”

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Who will be chief gaffer? WE all know there is nothing politicians won’t do chase a vote but this election has seen pollies go the extra mile in craziness when it comes to stunts. Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has taken a ‘selfie’ of his shaving accident while when Tony Abbott wasn’t talking about the sex appeal of his candidates he was telling people he wasn’t the “suppository of all wisdom”. Poor old Tony presumably meant ‘repository’ unless of course he was genuinely trying to make himself the “enema of the people”. One Nation candidate Stephanie Banister also got herself tied up in knots when she confused haram with the Koran and thought Islam was a country. Still Mr Abbott and Ms Banister have a lot way to go to match the king of stunts and gaffes in Election 2013. That honour surely belongs to Clive Palmer.

GAFFE Noun. An unintentional act or remark causing embarrassment to its originator; a blunder: "an unforgivable social gaffe". When Mr Palmer’s plane took more than an hour to be refuelled in Melbourne, he blamed the Government because Mr Rudd’s plane needed to be done first. Mr Palmer says there were heated scenes at the airport, particularly when he was told to move his plane for Mr Rudd's and Australian Federal Police became involved. "I went down the steps and said: 'Arrest me'," Mr Palmer said. "We're not moving our plane, arrest me, mate." Palmer wasn’t arrested for that, but perhaps he should

have been arrested for “twerking” on national radio. He went on the Kyle Sandilands show and gyrated in a manner befitting of Miley Cyrus. Asked if he knew about twerking, Mr Palmer responded by saying he used to do the Watusi but was willing to try this new dance craze. It is difficult to know what Palmer candidate and former Melbourne Storm and Brisbane Broncos rugby league superstar Glenn Lazarus made of it all. What Lazarus did say was that being in politics was harder than playing in the State of Origin. “I feel a lot more comfortable on a football field, even at State of Origin time,” Lazarus said. Perhaps he should try relax by trying to twerk like his new boss. Without ending up like a twerp.

Dalby riders Wes Keep, Greg Rockliff and Tony Nolan at the top of the Col du Galibier in France.

Dalby’s tour de force FOLLOWING the path of Tour de France sounds more like a gruelling sporting challenge than a relaxing holiday but that is what three eager Dalby cyclists have done. Wes Keep, Greg Rockliff and Tony Nolan packed their bags and bikes and headed to the other side of the globe last month and completed eight days of riding on the Tour de France’s track. Greg has been riding for six years, and trained for 12 months to prepare for the mammoth ride. He said while it was difficult, there were

things that kept his motivation high. “Seeing the scenery on TV is one thing, but seeing it actually in front of you is amazing,” he said. Greg said doing the ride when the real tour was on was a special time, with crowds lining the street to

Greg Rockliff Cyclist

Seeing the scenery on TV is one thing...

create an unmatchable atmosphere. Tony Nolan has been riding for 10 years, and like Greg, has a passion for cycling. The pair ride frequently around town and don’t consider themselves novices, but that counted for nothing when riding in France. “It puts it into perspective how good these guys who ride the tour are,” Tony said. The biggest climb was up Col du Galibier in the Alps which, at 2645m, is often the highest point in the Tour.



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TAKE FLIGHT: Carnarvon Gorge offers a magical experience, especially by helicopter.

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TRAPPED into my seat my stomach felt a little squeamish as we took off nose first for a 40-minute helicopter flight over Carnarvon Gorge. As we lifted 600m into the air my nerves settled and I suddenly forgot where I was as I looked out at the magnificent view below me. Carnarvon Gorge is one of the most spectacular features the Capricorn Coast has to offer. The relatively undiscovered national park is home to hundreds of species of birds, plants and ancient Aboriginal rock art. And the view from above is simply breathtaking. Part of the gorge is off limits to visitors and the only way to see the untouched, unspoiled rainforest is from the air. From above you will witness the Three Sisters rock formation, where the rainforest only sees sunlight for one day in August, and Lake Nuga Nuga, the largest natural water body within the central Queensland Sandstone Belt.

If you’re looking for a romantic getaway or an adventurous weekend the Carnarvon National Park should be on your list of places to visit. With 12 walks to explore through caves and canyons you won’t be short of things to do. The walks are easy enough to complete but you have the option

Carnarvon Gorge is one of the most spectacular features... to do them at your own leisure or jump on a guided tour with guide Simon Ling. Simon has been a guide for the past 13 years. He took us on a full day Lower Gorge Explorer Tour through the gorge’s amazing array of rocks, caves and canyons. Simon made stops along the way and explained the role various


plants and animals played in the make up of the diverse landscape. The walks are easy enough to complete and with a majority of visitors being grey nomads it gives you an idea of how easy the gorge is to explore. I enjoyed the guided tour but would have preferred to explore the area myself at my own pace. But if you want to learn more about the area and get a history lesson along the way, then the guided tour is recommended. The gorge really is something else. It’s a world away from the hustle and bustle of city life and with no phone reception you are forced to relax. It’s hard to pick just one walk to feature because the gorge is full of natural wonders. But if you only have half a day to explore then you must see Wards Canyon. Wards Canyon is part of a 3.5km walk. Another must is the Moss Garden Waterfalls. The writer was a guest of Southern Qld Country Tourism

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TAKE ME THERE Grand view Big trip TAKE me to the Grand Canyon in Arizona. Let me gaze out to the vast depths where brilliant rock formations that look like artworks seem to surge to the horizon. If you really want to impress me, take me on a helicopter flight over the canyon, let me land on the canyon floor and look up to the splendour of this natural marvel.

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WHILE it’s exhilarating to have so many travel programs on the telly, the downside can be an almost jaded feeling when you see the real thing. Take the Eiffel Tower. You’ve seen so many images of it, by the time you get to see it in person you could be forgiven for stifling a yawn and muttering a cynical “been there, done that”. The same goes for the Trevi Fountain, the Great of Wall of

Standing on the edge of the canyon makes you feel tiny and insignificant. China, the Colosseum. We feel as though we know these icons personally even if we’ve never visited them. One place that does leave you wobbly with awe no matter how often you’ve seen it in the movies or

on the telly is the Grand Canyon. It’s a bit like childbirth – nothing prepares you for the shock of it. The immensity, the vastness, the jaw-dropping hugeness of it. (The Grand Canyon, not childbirth.) The splendour, the majesty, the spine-tingling grandeur of it. Gaze out at the vast expanse. Wonder at the brilliant red hues and intricate rock configurations. Did Mother Nature really create this marvel? Did she really form these elaborate rock sculptures? Did she really bless the environment with these dazzling colours? Standing on the edge of the

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three minutes. Actual time taken to “fillet” the fish: 45 minutes. Next step. Cooking! With all my ingredients chopped, sliced, filleted and squeezed I finally threw everything into the wok. I would like to say that the end result tasted so much sweeter because of the extra effort. It didn’t. I was so over it by that time. All I wanted to do was make a toastie and have a glass of wine.

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ne of the things I am slowly getting used to is that everything takes a little longer in the Solomons. Like most Pacific nations, “Solomon time” is a common term in the ex-pat vernacular here. Things get done in their own time. Tasks that I would expect to be able to get done in a lunch hour now take considerably longer. Days, sometimes. Let me demonstrate. I had a hankering for green curry. I have made this a thousand times before and have it down to a fine art. It is my “go to” dish when I want something delicious and quick. Even if I have no ingredients in the cupboard, I could usually do the shopping and have the curry on the table in 30 minutes flat. So Saturday morning I started what I suspect is going to be a Saturday morning ritual. I went to Central Market to get the ingredients for the curry. First stop, fish mongers. The fish is sold in big soupy tubs side by side, or the bigger fish like Marlin and tuna are laid out on tables in the sun. I chose the fishmonger who seemed to have some smatterings of ice still in his container and asked for a coral trout. The fishermen dug his hand into the swill and fished around (pardon the pun) like a lucky dip, until he pulled out a glistening coral trout and held it up like it was the Ashes trophy. To my surprise, the eye was clear and it didn’t have that fishy smell. A 4kg fish for $80 Solomon dollars – which is about $13. First task completed. I then walked through the fresh vegetable stalls heaving with their piles of ripe, co-

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A QUICK and easy mid-week dinner, this curry can be served simply on a bed of rice. INGREDIENTS: (Serves 4) 700g braising beef steak 3 tbsp oil 1 onion 2 tbsp Thai red curry paste 165ml coconut milk 1¼ cups beef stock 1kg pumpkin 2 tbsp coriander leaves DIRECTIONS: In a bowl, mix the chopped beef, cut into chunks with 2 tbsp oil until coated. Heat a large saucepan and brown beef in batches. Set aside. Add chopped onion to the pan and cook for five minutes until soft. Return the beef to the pan along with the curry paste and cook for two minutes. Add coconut milk and stock. Bring to the boil, then simmer gently, loosely covered for one hour. Add chopped, deseeded pumpkin, cut into 3cm chunks and cook for 25 minutes more. Stir in roughly chopped coriander leaves, reserving a little to garnish.


LAMB RACK WITH MINT CRUST INGREDIENTS: (Serves 4) 2 lamb racks Salt and freshly ground pepper 4 tbsp dijon mustard ¼ cup fresh mint 1 to drizzle Olive oil METHOD: Heat oven to 200°C. Halve lamb racks so you have four portions. Season meat with salt and pepper. Spread lamb evenly with mustard, leaving the bones clean. Press chopped mint firmly on to meat to form a crust. Place racks in a low-sided roasting dish. Drizzle with a little oil and roast for 15 minutes for medium-rare. Remove to rest and keep warm for 10 minutes before serving. Serve half a rack per person with mashed potatoes and a green vegetable, such as beans.




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INGREDIENTS: (Serves 4) 2 tbsp olive oil, 3 cloves garlic, 1 onion, 1 ginger, 1 tsp cumin, 2 tsp paprika, salt and freshly ground pepper, 1¼ kg chicken, 1 cinnamon stick, ½ lemon, 2 cups chicken stock, ½ parsley, ½ coriander, 1 cup olives METHOD: Preheat oven to 180°C. Heat olive oil in a large frying pan and gently cook crushed garlic cloves and chopped onion until just tender. Transfer the onion and garlic to a large casserole dish. Combine the ground ginger, cumin, smoked paprika, salt and pepper and rub into the chicken pieces. Brown the chicken pieces in the frying pan in batches and once they are golden on both sides, add to the casserole with cinnamon, lemon and chicken stock. Add olives near the end. Serve garnished with parsley and coriander and with a side of couscous.





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inclusion. I like to have somewhere to put a few essentials and although the well-set out cabin gives an illusion of space, it is punctured somewhat by a tiny glove box and few storage options. All seats are fairly comfortable without being satisfyingly supportive with the driver’s, in particular, in need of something more under the thighs. Both head and legroom in the rear is tight and despite claims of five real seats this is after all a small car. Steering controls are markedly absent with Citroen preferring to place them on stalks added to the column and although this presents an uncluttered feel it is not the most practical option.

The boot lifts up and under – to accommodate the stacking roof – which makes it easy to open in tight spaces and at 245-litres it is among the biggest in its class. Access to the loading zone is restricted however so even stowing the shopping may be a tad tricky.

On the road

Both the DS3 DStyle auto with its naturally aspirated 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine and the DS3 DSport housing a turbocharged 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine were available for a drive at the launch. Of course these engines are not new to us featuring in the hatch and in some form in the Mini Cooper Cabrio and Peugeot 208.

The DStyle auto was slightly sluggish with the old four-speed auto running out of puff on the demanding steeper climbs of our drive course. It is, however, attentive around sharp corners, has good braking capacity and is rather competent during inner-city forays. But for our money the six-speed DSport manual, which costs $2000 more, will deliver a far superior performance for your buck and adds the thrills to boot. Its 17-inch alloys (as opposed to the DStyle’s 16s) are fairly loud on even only slightly blemished surfaces and the constant road noise can be irritating. You can really hustle the DSport along and with almost double the torque of the DStyle it offers a much

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This DS3 Cabrio is a clever addition to the Citroen range bringing with it a good combination of style, workmanship and fun. It allows you to put a personal stamp on a car that is easy on the eye and easy under foot. Citroen has 90 available this year and is expecting to sell far more DSports than DStyles. That would be our pick too. ★★★✰

ZIPPY: A f loating roof and shark’s fin adds to the DS3 Cabrio’s appeal.


What do you get?

Citroen has been fairly generous with inclusions with the DStyle featuring black cloth trim, auto climate control, cruise control, rear parking sensors, LED daytime running lights, LED ambient lighting, front fog lights,

Bluetooth connectivity, auto headlights, rain-sensing wipers, aluminium pedals and tinted rear windows. The DSport adds satellite navigation, upgraded audio system, carbon-look dash and chrome tipped exhaust. The Cabrio has yet to receive an ANCAP rating but safety features include front and side airbags, stability and traction control and ABS with EBD and emergency braking assistance. The side structure is reinforced, strengtheners have been added

around the boot and there is also a collapsible steering wheel for improved protection in the event of an accident.

Other options The DS3 Cabrio is nicely placed between the Fiat 500 Cabrio (from $17,900) and the Mini Cooper Cabrio (from $40,350) although the Peugeot 207CC (from $33,490) is also there or thereabouts.

Practicality Citroen is especially proud of the Cabrio’s concertina-style roof which

Running costs

Citroen claims figures of 6.7 litres/100km for the DStyle and 5.9L/100km for the DSport – not far off their hatch brothers. We found the auto close to 8L/100km although the DSport was truer to promise. Cabrios come with three-year/100,000km factory warranty and free roadside assist for

Funky factor

There is little doubt that features like the 3D LED lights, floating roof and shark’s fin adds to the DS3 Cabrio’s appeal. It is delicate but chunky with rounded edges and sleek lines which make you sit up and take notice. It looks fun and sporty and is a zippy addition for city drivers.

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more energetic and economical ride. The gearbox is smooth but fairly loose and the gears themselves are happy to be held just a little longer delivering that satisfying throaty roar. Steering is okay, there is not much feel especially on the straight but that is not uncommon these days.

brings the outside in. The rigid sides, much like those of the What we liked: Sporty look, cabin feel, performance of DSport. Fiat, prevents a total feeling of What we’d like to see: Better rear freedom but the construction vision with boot down, better audio itself is applaudable. quality, more support in diver’s seat. The roof, which can be Warranty: Citroen offers a three opened at speeds up to year/100,000km warranty and three 120kmh, has three resting years or 60,000km capped price positions the first as a sunroof, servicing. the second over the heads of all passengers and stacked on top of the boot when fully open. Rear that period. There is also a visibility is almost impossible in the three-year/60,000km capped price latter position which is rather service plan at $360 per service with frustrating. intervals at 20,000km.

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Facebook login information. Any user who has previously provided the website with their credit card details would be able to make purchases on partnering e-commerce mobile apps without entering any billing information, tech news site AllThingsD reports.


Facebook confirmed it is in the process of preparing a testing phase for the product. If successfully launched, the product would pose a direct challenge to PayPal on mobile devices. For now Facebook’s test is only focussed on making it

easier for people to shop on their mobiles, but if the product becomes available on enough partner shopping sites it could give the social network lucrative data about its users shopping habits. – The Independent

Be a phone pic pro LET’S face it, more of us are snapping away with our smart phones these days, rather than a camera. The new Nokia Lumia 1020, HTC One X, Samsung Galaxy S4 and Sony Xperia S have meaty camera specs and, with 41, 8, 13 and 12.1 megapixels respectively, are powerful enough to compete with a basic pocket digital. Even professional photographers are turning to smartphone technology, one advantage being the anonymity it can offer; a camera phone makes a professional indistinguishable from a regular tourist. Ben Lowy, a contributor to The New York Times, used his camera phone to document the Arab Spring. He wrote on his Tumblr site that using an iPhone to take photos was “a liberating experience” – and the results were stunning.

Here are some tips for getting better images out of your smartphone.

Get tooled up The most important tip is to having as many apps at your disposal as possible. Robert Clark, National Geographic photographer and the author of Making the Most of Your Smartphone, says in digital photography, apps are a must-have.

Camera Plus This an iPhone app that lets you do basic sharpening and adjusting of the exposure. It’s being hailed as the next revolution in social multimedia sharing. “It’s fun to play with because there are 20 to 25 different choices you can make, like bring the highlights up or make it look like 1970,” Clark says.

He also recommends Brabble, a relatively new app (free, iOS) that lets you “share life’s moments” across video, pictures, audio and text. Users can also reply to your posts in any of those four mediums. “The photo option on Brabble is like Instagram,” Clark says. “Brabble is a good option for me because because I don’t want my photos to be sold on.” Camera360 (free, iOS/Android) is another quick and easy-to-use camera app with a full suite of pre and post-editing tricks. Shooting modes include selfportrait and tilt-shift (where landscapes look miniature and objects look like toys – useful for views out of the aircraft window). It also lets you layer on special effects and assemble your photos to create montages. And it lets you change the tones of a picture. – APN and INM

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Lanterns make their way through Anderson Park at the Delicious and DeLIGHTful festival. some of the larger lanterns fireworks display lit up the including a rescue helicop- sky. ter, green from and a giant Entertainment on the cod. stage continued until 9pm Larger lanterns were sup- with many groups making a plied by Light’n Up from Lis- return appearance. more who supervised the The festival was part of the parade. Dalby 150 year celebrations. Many smaller lanterns Members of the Dalby were decorated by children Welcoming Community and adults at local work- Committee which organised shops over recent months. the event have already startWhile lights in the park ed making plans for next were switched off a colourful year’s festival.


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Warriors wander westwards

A 33-DAY walk from Brisbane doesn’t seem like the easiest way to get to the Birdsville Races some 1600km away but that’s exactly what a group of ex-servicement are doing. From August 3 to September 5 the group called Wandering Warriors are conducting a relay walk raising funds for charity partners. With the support of corporate Australia and the Australian community, they aim to raise at least $100,000 to show our defence force personnel that the Australian community values their efforts. Thirsty Work caught up with the Wandering Warriors at their Gala Dinner and Auction in Roma. The dinner raised over $11,000. The Roma RSL sub-branch also raised over $1000 at the Commonwealth Hotel and Roma Rugby League raised a similar amount at the footy finals. Quentin Masson

CHARITY Who: Wandering Warriors Why: for defence families What: Brisbane to Birdsville walk When: August 3 to September 5 Guest speakers were former SAS squadron commander and Wandering Warriors executive director Quentin Masson and Steve “Commando” Willis from The Biggest Loser. Mr Masson said the Warriors was a SAS Association in Queensland initiative and raised funds for veterans’ widows and families and soldiers returning from conflicts. “A lot of charities at the coal face have a hard time raising money so we are supporting them,” he said.

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CEO Quentin Masson, Jacqui Byrnes and Peter Briggs at the Wandering Warriors function in Roma.

Wandering Warriors Glad and Audie Moldre, Mick Donaldson and Erik Pavlik arrive in Roma on the way west. Wandering Warriors chief executive Audie Moldre said the walk so far had been excellent. “There has been great community engagement and very pleasant walking weather,” he said. “A couple of guys have had to go back already so we are down to eight walkers.” Mr Moldre said the Wandering Warriors raised funds for charity partners to help veterans.

“They are busy doing what they do and don’t always have time to fundraise so we care for the carers,” he said. “We raise money for Wounded Heroes, Project Excalibur, Soldier On, White Cloud Foundation and the Commando Welfare Trust.”


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Beer increasingly served with food

BEER, just something that gets you drunk or is it a palatable drink in its own right? Today, beer is just as sophisticated as wine, with different varieties, complexities and flavours, able to be matched to a wide range of dishes and food occasions. The myth that beer is simply a drink with mates at the pub is long gone, with 72 per cent in a

recent Australian survey agreeing beer is a good accompaniment to food, challenging the longstanding tradition that wine has exclusivity at the dining table. Of those pro-beer at the table, the majority believe it makes a great thirst quencher (42 per cent in the same survey), however its versatility was also acknowledged with 36 per cent of respondents identifying the different

Cheers m’dear. Beer is increasingly seen as something for the sophisticated palate.

types and flavours make beer a great match with food. When it comes to foods, Australians are matching food with beer. Not surprisingly, barbecue dishes are ranked in first place at 54 per cent, followed by pizza or pasta (16 per cent) and curry (13per cent). A few are slightly more adventurous, choosing to pair a beer alongside oysters, crocodile and with a beer but simply don’t have the know-how, with 4 in 10 (41 per cent) wanting more advice and information on the types of foods that go with different beers. In the future who’s not to say a ‘beer sommelier’ will make beer selection an easier one at good restaurants and the like? Some of the country’s top chefs are starting to take the lead by designing menus tocomplement different beers,which encompass all courses, including entrée, main and even dessert. When asked to select their last meal on earth, a resounding number of Australians chose dishes that would complement beer far better than wine.


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Broncos to bring back Ben Barba Broncos CEO Paul White believes the signing of star fullback Ben Barba on a three-year deal will attract more high-profile players to his club over the coming seasons. When asked whether the big money his club splashed out on the Bulldogs custodian and last year’s Dally M medallist could lead to promising youngsters leaving Brisbane in search of better money, White was defiant. “No, I think the reverse is

true,” he said. “He will be an attraction not only for players, but for members and supporters of our club.” On that basis, this acquisition could put the Broncos in a strong position to also recruit Raiders prodigy Anthony Milford from Canberra, with the star utility also keen to return to family in Queensland. But White played that down. “Maybe, maybe not. We

had a desire to return ❝ Barba home; it was for the right reasons Paul White Broncos CEO

BEN BARBA Born: June 13, 1989 First game: 2007 Canterbury record: Played 95, Tries 72 Indigenous All Stars: Played 3, Tries 4

Ben Barba in action in Round 15 against Daniel Mortimer of the Roosters.

didn’t make the decision on that basis,” he said. “I just think he (Barba) had a desire to return home; it was for the right reasons. “He can add so much to the squad..” Barba, stood down from Canterbury due to drinking and gambling issues earlier this year, will have plenty of support in Brisbane. Fullback Josh Hoffman is

his cousin, and he is good mates with veteran centre Justin Hodges. That was not the only reason White was confident the 24-year-old would keep his nose out of trouble off the field. “I spoke to him myself and he’ll know exactly what this club’s about,” White said. “I’m very confident that coming into our environ-

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ing a desire to return to Queensland to be with his partner and children. “There were many complicated elements that needed to be considered around Ben’s request for a release and we’re pleased to have achieved a result that leaves everyone comfortable with the outcome,” Bulldogs CEO Raelene Castle said.

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Investing in Thai real estate THAILAND is a cheap place to live or buy real estate. Housing and apartments, on a like for like basis, are about 20% to 30% the cost of property in Australia. You can buy a beachside condo in Pattaya Beach or the royal beach holiday city of Hua Hin for less than AU$60,000. Spend the Aussie winter in Thailand in your own condo. Your friends and family can also holiday here. You can buy a new completed apartment or choose one off the plan and save even more. WARNING: Make sure you deal with a reputable real estate agent preferably an Australian with reliable Thai connections. Once in Thailand you will soon be amazed at the low cost of living. Food is fresh, plentiful and cheap. In fact

very few expats seem to dine at home. Because Thailand is so popular with people from all over the world one can find something to suit all tastes. I find the cost of a small bottle of beer is a good indication of the cost of living. In Thailand you will pay about AU$0.66. A two course meal in the food hall of an international grocery supermarket about AU$1.70. A big night out for two could tear a hole in AU$30. Your second home could become your retirement home when the time is right. You will be amongst many expats who have chosen Thailand as the ideal place to retire. Thailand is extremely well supplied with international quality golf courses especially around

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Pattaya. In the quiet season you can get in 18 holes at one of the courses for as little as AU$25 with both a cart and caddy. The local transport works very well and there is no great reason to need a car. For that more important occasion or a longer trip you can hire one with a driver at a very low cost. Most cities are connected with airconditioned VIP buses. For something like AU$8 to $15 for journeys of one to three hours. Once again the fares to and from Australia via Scoot or Air Asia are peanuts. Even Thai Air and Singapore Airlines will not break your bank. You will not be the lone Aussie when you have your second home or retire in Thailand. Pattaya, has healthy and active expat clubs. For the single man, Pattaya is the ideal place to meet a beautiful Thai lady Harking back to real estate. Thailand has a huge

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Hird is humiliated by AFL

Coach is banned for 12 months and the club denied finals footy

THE biggest scandal in the history of the VFL/AFL, the Essendon supplements saga, has come to an end with the largest punishment dished out by the league. We won’t have to be subjected to any more shots of a track-suited James Hird getting into his car out the front of his Toorak mansion. While I felt for the great man having to confront the media throng camped out on his doorstep every morning, the fact that he would emerge from a $4.8 million property lessened the sympathy levels just a fraction. Hird bought the house with his wife Tania when he was at the peak of his powers as a player way back in 1998. Ironically, it’s within “easy walking distance” of homes owned by AFL chief executive Andrew Demetriou and

Ziggy Switkowski, the former Telstra boss whose own review of club practices was damning enough without ASADA’s interim report. I doubt the Hirds will be having either over for dinner any time soon, though the Bombers coach will have plenty of time for hosting dinner parties over the next 12 months while he sits out his ban. Along with his assistant coach Mark Thompson, who was fined $30,000, and football manager Danny Corcoran, who has been suspended for six months, the trio did the right thing this week and took their medicine, so to speak, for their “poor governance”. Head doctor Bruce Reid contested charges but while he said “we should be winning flags by keeping a drug-free culture”, he should

the Bombers coach will have ❝ plenty of time for hosting dinner Terry Malinder

have done more to nip the whole thing in the bud. It completes a stunning fall from grace of the joint 1996 Brownlow Medallists. As Brisbane coach, Michael Voss wanted to inject experience like Brendan Fevola into the Lions’ lineup. As Essendon coach, Hird wanted to inject ... well, who knows what, into his players. But he will be back in charge of the Bombers in 2015 with Thompson, a two-time premiership coach with Geelong, expected to take the reins in 2014. And while they won’t take any part in this year’s finals, they may still be well placed to contest them next season. Though they were desperate to avoid losing both their selections in the first two rounds of the next two national drafts as part of their severe but warranted punishment, Essendon will no doubt work to get them back. - Terry Malinder

parties over the next 12 months

Wendy is honoured for her long service MILES mum Wendy Carroll will soon rub shoulders with rugby league royalty after being named as a finalist in the NRL’s Volunteer of the Year award. The National Volunteer of the Year is someone who has provided exceptional service to the game and made a notable and measurable difference in their region in 2013. Wendy was nominated by an anonymous fan to recognise the 29 years she has devoted to her beloved Miles Devils. But it wasn’t until she started taking her then five-year-old son Ben to football training in 1984 that her love of footy really kicked in. “My involvement in the junior club back then was all about the canteen and jersey washing and travelling to games, but I realised quite early that I loved it and wanted more,” Wendy said. Over the following years Wendy would take on the roles of president, vice-president, club registrar and club secretary — a position she still holds today. As well as managing the sign-on of all new players and coaches, Wendy also co-ordinates the all-important club canteen which involves everything from ordering the food and drinks to buttering bread rolls on game day. Wendy was quick to acknowledge the many other tireless volunteers not only at the Devils but also at the other Western Downs football clubs. But she said it was great to be recognised as a finalist for the award. Wendy is just as excited about her jour-

Essendon coach James Hird speaks to the assembled media after the AFL Commission banned him for 12 months for his part in the club’s drugs scandal. The club was also booted out of this year’s finals and denied draft picks in the next two years.

ney down to Sydney during grand final week for the ceremony, which will be the first time she has travelled in an aeroplane. Former club secretary Richard Steel said even if Wendy didn’t take out the award, she would always be a winner in Miles. “I couldn’t have been prouder when I heard she had been nominated,” he said. “She’s an incredibly big-hearted lady – the amount of work she does for the club is just phenomenal.” Wendy has another grand final to attend on September 1 while Miles travel to Roma to play the local grand final for the first time in 30 years.

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