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LOCAL NEWS AND EVENTS FOR THE LITHGOW REGION

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4 April 2014 Inside this issue Winner of $200 Bunnings card Pg 2 > Ironfest is coming Pg 3 > More on our new app Pg 4 > Jewels in our backyard Pg 4 > First home buyers Pg 13 > Markets Guide Pg 15> Salud Review Pg 18 >

The Lithgow Blast Furnace Park with the stars behind. 372 images, each 25 seconds long, stitched in Photoshop. Photo: David Rawsthorne

Time to put our region on the map! By Rich Evans Lithgow is the virtual and geographical gate way to the amazing Central West Region, but sadly for a lot of local businesses and attractions, most people passing through stop only for a coffee at McDonalds before getting back on the road. The launch of an all new marketing tool and campaign hopes to change that. Wednesday night saw the launch of the all new Lithgow App and the new hardcopy Lithgow Visitors Guide. “With technology moving so fast, we need to ensure we are offering our visitors every vantage point to gain additional access to information via the medium of smart-phones and tablets” said Lithgow City Council Mayor Big Sm ger, o mor other e effic fuel ient

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fast. People can also search by proximity or area and add anything of interest to ‘favourites’. Whether it be shopping and fashion, events or just to find the nearest park it is easy for users to find what they want. It is exciting to see Lithgow being promoted to the world in online media and in addition with the new Lithgow Visitors Guide. The new Lithgow Visitors Guide is available at the Lithgow Visitor Information Centre, Lithgow City Council administration office and the Lithgow Library. In the near future the guide will be available at businesses throughout the area.

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From the editor Let’s start this week with a round of applause! For you that is. After just 4 short weeks we have received a continual flow of positive support, stories and ideas form our readers. The concept of community supplied content is really catching on and we are getting some great story leads from around the community that are proving to be just the sort of read that everyone is enjoying. I was in a local shop this week and was being congratulated by the people working there on what they thought was a great paper, we always love hearing feedback, either negative or positive, preferably positive. One of the ladies confessed she was not really a newspaper person, but she actually sits down now and reads The Village Voice right through and thoroughly enjoys it. It is that type of feedback that makes me confident that things will only continue to get better for us, and the paper we bring you will continue to become a part of your weekend.

One of the common pieces of feedback we have received in the surveys being returned is to know what is coming up in terms of events. We publish our market guide every week, highlighting what markets are on, however people are asking for more notice in terms of planning their weekend, and as they only get their paper on Friday night, some Saturday morning, it is often too late to plan your weekend. Well, we have listened. Next week we are moving our production day to be a day earlier which will see paper delivery happening on Thursday evening and throughout the day on Friday. This will mean that you will have a little bit of notice to plan your weekend activities. To help us achieve that though, we need all our community groups communicating with us and keeping us up to date with what is happening. Our goal is to get to the point where we have a reliable community calendar of all events coming up that people can turn to in order to plan their recreation time. I hope you enjoy this weeks paper.

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Regards Rich Evans

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We are very proud to announce that the winner of the $200 voucher to Bunnings is SUE GLEESON from Portland. Sue gave us some really useful feedback and suggestions as well as posting an ad for our Willing Workers section as she offers tutoring for school children from Kindy to Year 12.

Congratulations Sue! And a really big thanks to everyone who took the time to fill in the survey and post back to us. Your comments and suggestions have been instrumental in helping us work out the direction for the Lithgow Village Voice.

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Ironfest 2014 - It’s going to be huge! The 15th annual Ironfest 2014 will be held at Lithgow Showground over the Anzac Long weekend of April 25 - 27 featuring art exhibitions, stalls, live music, street performance, historical re-enactments (including St George’s Day Jousting and a Napoleonic-era battle re-enactment entitled ‘The Battle of Lithgow’ featuring infantry, cannons and cavalry!), circus shows, Cosplay, blacksmithing demonstrations, workshops, automotive displays, educational, historical and technological displays and lots, lots more! Event organiser, Macgregor Ross, feels this year is by far the best yet. “There are some really exciting things we are doing this year, with some fantastic military vehicles on Anzac day as part of a flag raising ceremony, it’s going to be great.” “We are going to charge GOLD to enter Ironfest on the Friday April 25. ‘The price of entry to Ironfest on Friday April 25 1pm - 5pm - is gold = $2 donation per person - & an APPRECIATION DONATION on the way out (give us a mark out of 10 - $10 per family or group if you think we were fantastic - $1 if you think we sucked’)” added Macgregor. In an Ironfest first, at the request of some very influential locals, children up to 15 from the Lithgow Local Government Area will be able to enter absolutely free of charge with a full paying adult, a huge incentive for locals to get along and check it out. Ironfest started from Macgregor’s love of sculpting and has grown to become a nationally recognised gathering for many cultural and artistic groups. There is no denying that some of them are very different, but there is also no denying the positive economic impact the event has on our town with many people staying the entire weekend, as well as the remote events organised as part of the weekend all over Lithgow and it’s surrounds. “I think it’s taken a while for people to really accept something that is a bit different, but we are getting there” said Macgregor Ross This year’s ironfest is set to be a great way to enjoy your long weekend, so make sure you plan to stick around town and partake in all the festivities throughout the weekend.

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Lithgow: There’s an app for that now! Last nights launch of the Lithgow tourist guide also saw the launch of Lithgow’s official ‘App’. For those of you wondering what on earth an App is, it is an ‘application’ - hence App installed on your phone so you have all the information contained in the app at your fingertips wherever you are. The success of a platform like this for our tourist industry will be determined by how well it is marketed to people as they enter town. On the way out of Lithgow at Marrangaroo there is a full size billboard advertising the Mudgee App, I would hope that we see the same sort of priority give to the Lithgow App. Having a background in developing websites and apps, I tend to be a bit critical on these types of initiatives, and aside from some minor graphical enhancements I would suggest,

the Lithgow App actually ticks the main boxes it needs to, to be useful to not just the tourists that pass through our region, but also new residents and locals alike. There is information on a range of businesses, services, destinations and attractions that are easy to locate, and find more information about. You can contact any of the businesses listed either by email or automatically calling their number, or locate the business on a map relative to where you are at the time. This type of technology puts Lithgow on the forward foot to communicate with visitors and as it is upgraded and improved over coming months we are excited to see what it can achieve. You can download it to your iPhone or Android device by visiting the appropriate store. Download it and have a go yourself and let us know what you think by visiting our facebook page and leaving your feedback.

‘World Class’ Tourism in our own backyard By Rich Evans Regarded as Australia’s most outstanding cave system, with pure underground rivers and amazing limestone crystal formations, Jenolan Caves is among the finest and oldest cave systems in the world. It had been a long time since the last time I had visited the caves, but after a morning of delivering bundles of papers, it seemed like the perfect father son activity, some quality male bonding time. Despite the fact the rain hadn’t let up for days, it was very busy when we arrived arrived around lunch time. We elected to have a bite to eat, and visit the boys room as the tour we had booked was a couple of hours in duration. Whilst waiting for the guide to arrive, my son’s wild imagination went into hyper drive just being near the caves, and to a child, it really must be a wondrous place to see for the first time. He believed he could see dwarves and trolls in the rock formations, clearly too much

Above: Column formations in the caves. Right: The recent rains when we visited left water in areas of the cave that had not seen water in a long time

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time watching Lord of the rings, but it would soon be my time to be amazed. Upon entering the cave with our friendly guide Geoff, you get the feeling you are in another world, the door shuts and you are transported to another time. There is a real sense of ‘time’ here, it takes so long for caves like this to form, it is almost impossible to fathom, but it does really put into perspective your trivial daily worries. The recent rains that the area had received meant there was a lot of moisture around, but this was a bonus as you could clearly see the next layer of some of the amazing formations happening, and exactly how the process works. Whilst you do need a reasonable level of mobility to journey through the caves, fitness is not really a challenge, and the 2 hours we spent in the caves passed very quickly indeed. With the school holidays coming up, maybe a quick run out to the caves might be the perfect holiday treat, or do the smart thing and go when the tourists don’t - after all it is our own backyard.

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By Kellie Evans The Lithgow branch of QUOTA International is hosting a Fashion Parade on Thursday 10th April at the Lithgow Workies Club in the Millennium room (downstairs). The doors open at 7pm for a 7:30pm start. Tickets are $20 per person and include a light supper. The amazing fashions have been supplied by one of our favourite local retailers, RockStar and is sure to be a colourful, exciting and vibrant event. The ladies are raising funds to go towards their great work in assisting the community here in Lithgow as well as some other countries in need. Quota International are a diverse group helping hospitals, schools and other charity organisations. QUOTA International originally starting 1919 in Buffalo, New York by Wanda Frey Joiner, who was a Russian immigrant who arrived in America with her mother and brother following her fathers death. Quota’s motto, “We Share,”

guides members to develop friendships, encourage others, and promote international understanding. Quota is known especially for service to disadvantaged women and children and to people who are deaf, hard-of-hearing, and speech-impaired The Lithgow branch itself currently has approximately 30 members but Quota International has branches all over the world. The Lithgow branch is one of 269 clubs in 12 countries. "We're really excited for the Fashion Show. There are 8 models of varying ages to show a real variety of clothes and accessories from Rockstar" said Marilyn Tulley, the past President and board member.

To book your ticket for this fun event or to find out more about Quota International, contact Carol Marsland on 6351 2039.

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Treeview Art & Craft Fair The Treeview Estates Arts and Craft Fair is on this Saturday from 10am to 4pm. Come along and sample the wonderful array of arts and crafts on display and for sale. This year there is over 20 vendors displaying their talents and including some of the residents. A Devonshire tea and other goodies will be available for purchase throughout the day. Bring a friend along this Saturday to the Treeview Estates Arts and Craft Fair at 9 Col Drewe Drive, South Bowenfels. For further information call Denise on 6352 4805.

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Make sure you keep it local this Mother’s Day 10 days of amazing offers and promotions by local businesses between May 1 and May 11 will be at the heart of a Mothers Day shop local campaign being implemented by Lithgow City Council and the Lithgow Business Association (LBA). Council is inviting Main Street businesses from Lithgow, Wallerawang and Portland to become part of the shop local initiative by placing posters in their shopfronts, creating Mothers Day themed window displays, distributing flyers from their businesses and offering special promotions. “We know that the retail spend in the lead up to Mothers Day is very important to many of our business operators so we need to be getting the message out to everyone that by shopping locally we really are ensuring the vitality of our own community.” said Lithgow City Council Mayor, Councillor Maree Statham. Participating buinsesses will be able to advertise their Mothers Day special offers and promotions for free in a high quality Mothers Day themed booklet which will be distributed widely across the Lithgow area through media outlets such as the Lithgow Mercury and Portland’s Village Voice. Radio advertisements

will also increase consumer awareness of the shop local campaign. Council has already launched a Mothers Day facebook event page which you can join at www.facebook.com/ LithgowCityCouncil to see the latest offers and promotions. “Mothers Day is a great time for local businesses to really market their wares. With the opportunity of free marketing through the Councils Mothers Day booklet, I would certainly encourage all businesses to get on board. Keeping business local is vital to ensuring the strength of our economy.” said LBA President Anthony Beard.

If you are a Main Street business located in Lithgow, Wallerawang, and Portland and wish to particpiate in the Mothers Day shop local campaign shop contact Council’s Economic Development Officer Matt Brewster.

Coles 100th Celebrations By Kellie Evans Coles is now in its centenary year, celebrating 100 years as an Australian-owned retail business focused on quality, service and value. Our local supermarket has been especially chosen to celebrate in a bigger way and is sharing some fantastic specials with its customers. Ian McLeod, Coles Managing Director says, “2014 is an important year for Coles as we celebrate the fact that we have now been serving our customers for 100 years. During the course of the year, we will celebrate this event with our customers, team members and suppliers to commemorate this great Coles community and our uniquely Australian story.” “GJ Coles was a businessman, a family man and a philanthropist - dedicated to providing both great quality and great value, as well as a strong commitment to customer and community service. 100 years on and Coles remains true to the core principles of its founder and we will continue to strive to do so, keeping our customers at the heart of everything we do.” GJ Coles and his brother James opened the first Coles Store on 9 April 1914, located on Smith Street in Collingwood, Victoria. Coles was Australia’s very first variety store, focused on providing Australian families great value with nothing over two shillings and supporting Australian suppliers. Throughout 2014, Coles

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will be marking this milestone and Coles’ transformation from its humble beginnings with just six team members, to becoming one of Australia’s largest employers, with 100,000 team members serving over 19 million customers a week. The Lithgow store opened in 1980 and has been a big part in promoting our local economy. Coles currently employs 113 team members, therefore supplying amazing opportunities in our community. Craig McGuire, Store Manager here in Lithgow for 12 months, has been with Coles for over 16 yrs. He’s extremely proud of his team and enjoys all aspects of his job. “I’m really excited to help Coles celebrate their 100 years of being in business and for being wholly Australian owned” Craig said. The official ceremony and cake cutting will be instore on Wednesday 9th April at 11am . And to add an extra touch of nostalgia, some staff members that have been in Coles employ for over 30 years, will be wearing their old uniforms, giving them a day out of the back of the wardrobe. For the public, there will be the “usual” specials Coles offer as well as a lot of the stores in Lithgow Valley Shopping Centre joining the celebration with different specials. So come on out and support our local Coles celebrate their amazing milestone.

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Is it curtains for the Crystal? Next weekends showing of the recent animated movie Frozen, may be signalling more than the impending weather change in Portland. There is a sad reality setting in for the small community cinema group. They just cannot get films in the format they need to continue bring entretainment to the children and adults of Portland. Over recent years it has gotten harder and harder to get popular movies for the old projectors, as the rest of the world is going digital. The cinema has been run by a small local group of volunteers for a number of years, and without their tireless efforts, there would not have been any movies at all. Here is a message from their facebook page: “Hi Friends this will be our Last showing for the time being, as the film company’s are not importing 35mm prints into Australia any

more!. if you have any ideas on where we can apply for grants or sponsors please inbox us on this page, we need at least $50,000 to get started with digital projection and sound equipment, $60,000 to do it properly, “ Without some much needed funding that may not be curtains, but it will certainly be an extended intermission for the monthly cinema. Last months showing was cancelled due to the movie not being available, but this month there is film, there is a session at 2pm showing Frozen and we urge you to get the kids and get a long, it may be your last opportunity. For more information on donating or assisting with fundraising please contact the group via their facebook page - search Pictures at Portland Crystal Cinema.

Volunteers needed for Tax Help Tax Help volunteers work within a network of community centres throughout the community. They develop their skills in basic taxation through training provided by the ATO. They use these skills to assist members of the community who have difficulty completing their individual tax returns. Volunteers experience a high degree of personal satisfaction from helping people in need. Tax Help volunteering gives a sense of achievement and an opportunity to learn more about the tax system. Tax Help volunteers receive community and corporate recognition for delivering the program. More volunteers are needed to help the communities of Lithgow, Blackheath, Portland and Mudgee areas with their annual Tax help program. The Tax help centres are based locally aid Tax help is in its 26th year of operation, and more volunteers are needed to ensure its success. “Tax help is a Free Community Service for people on low incomes around $50,000” “Volunteers help these people to prepare and lodge their individual income tax returns” Full training and support is provided.

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Slow down in the wet Autumn has arrived and the changes in weather are happening almost daily. When driving on the roads in wet weather and adverse conditions, slow down, be seen, look out for hazards and be patient. “The Lithgow local government area is renowned for its cold, wet, icy and foggy weather and with the arrival of Autumn we have seen just some of those conditions. Bad weather can emerge very quickly and catch drivers unaware. Please take care on the roads and keep safe” said Lithgow City Council Mayor, Councillor Maree Statham. “Driving in wet, overcast, fog or misty weather can pose a challenge for any driver. From 2008 through to 2012 these weather conditions contributed to over 50% of crashes in the Lithgow local government area. With the weather changing from sunshine to heavy rain all in one day in the local area its important for all drivers to remember some handy tips; Allow extra travel time for your trip - poor weather can impact upon travel time so allow yourself additional time for travel. Slow down in adverse weather conditions - the roads can become slippery due to oil and grime. Braking distances increase in wet weather. Slow down and increase the distance between you and the vehicle in front, try to

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keep at six second gap. This allows extra time to stop safely. Watch out for water on the road. Vehicles can glide out of control if they hit water on the road so slow down. Be seen and make sure you can see- turn your headlights on in poor weather so vehicles can see you and keep your windows clear so you have the best possible vision. Keep up to date with the weather forecasts and only drive when necessary” said Councils Road Safety Officer Kym Snow. Acting Sergeant Colin Sheil from Lithgow Highway Patrol is asking all drivers to drive with care. “Even drivers with local knowledge can be caught out during heavy rain and poor weather conditions, when roads are wet or icy, reaction time and stopping distance increase. Many drivers aren’t prepared for the conditions and drive too fast for the conditions. So in rain and inclement weather, please slow down. You’ll make it safer for you and others on the road”.

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Aligning your online & offline marketing By Michael Tood Whether you own an offline or online business, it is evident that the internet provides a wealth of information for your potential customers. I have focused a lot on online marketing because it’s something that hasn’t totally convinced a lot of business owners but I am still a believer that there needs to be a balance between online and offline marketing efforts. These days, you launch advertisements or special business offers and potential customers are looking for this information online within minutes. If they are then not met with the information they desire, they could go somewhere else and find information advertising a competitor. Likewise, a customer could find a special promotion released online, only to be turned away in store by one of your sales representatives who have never heard of it! Aligning your offline and online marketing efforts are crucial when every potential customer is important. Here are a few tips to make sure you’re online and offline sales efforts are working together: Don’t alienate the departments. In the past you would build a website and then leave it for years, but with current form, not only should your online marketing reflect the promotions before they are released, but they should also play an integral part in creating and improving them. Once again this applies both ways. If you release a promotion online, your staff working at your shop need to know what is going on and how to approach customers who enquire about it. Make sure your search engine campaigns match your offline marketing efforts. If you mention any particular wording in an advert, make sure you appear in search results when someone looks for them. People could drive past

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a billboard and only remember one part of it. Don’t think that because you have a small local business without a website, this doesn’t apply to you? Get yourself listed in Google maps and other search engines with keywords relevant to your business. You’ll then appear when people are searching for something related to your business, within your geographical area. Test your marketing campaigns through analytics. It’s quick and cheap. This can be done simply through buying banner space on a website. Design a number of banners and use your analytics to find out which one your users react well to, and integrate it into your next billboard or newspaper advert. Advice provided is of a general nature and individual circumstances may vary. It is recommended you seek advice to ascertain your correct course of action.

Michael Todd is the Small Biz Connect Advisor – Penrith Valley BEC. He services clients all through the mountains and can be reached on 02 4721 5011. If you have any questions for Michael in relation to your small business, you can contact him direct or email us at editor@villagevoice.net.au

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By Kellie Evans One of my favourite places to go in Lithgow is Respectfully on Main Street. When you walk in, you’re always greeted by a fantastic warm smile. Owner Karyn Mitchell, who opened the store in November last year, has a myriad of amazing things to tempt you. Clothing, shoes, scarves, gloves, jewellery and intimates just to name a few.

Karyn, a proudly born and bred Lithgowian, saw the need for an alternative in ladies plus size clothing and decided to take the plunge into business ownership after many years in the retail trade. I think this is why Respectfully is not just a store but a friendly and personal experience. You always walk away with a purchase and the feeling like you’ve just spent some time with a lovely old friend. Karyn is passionate about customer service and providing a quality product for her clientele. Which is why when asked what is one of the best things are about running the store, Karyn excitedly replied “The buying process! I just love looking at all the new and exciting garments and accessories on offer. My goal is to always have the best and freshest styles offer”. Karyn stocks all kinds of outfits from weekday workwear to jeans and your basic weekend wardrobe. And colours galore! You’ll be hard-pressed not to find what you’re looking for. There are also some rather dazzling “after 5” outfits glittering down the back! The decor of the store is modern but

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How a talent for sewing turned into a business Continuing our series on entrepreneurial home based local businesses, here is a story by Portland local, Heather Palmer If you have attended the Lithgow Markets over the past year then you may well have seen the handmade children’s clothing and accessories on offer from Bubba-Dub-Duds. This little business was the brainchild of Evelyn Staff 4.5 years ago with the upcoming birth of her first grandchild and the shopping that it involved got her thinking. It has taken 3 years to evolve to a point where markets are regularly attended but once she made the decision to take early retirement it seemed the perfect project to focus her new found free time. To complement the clothing,bibs and nappy bags that were already being produced Evelyn’s daughter Heather came on board adding a range of accessories including nappy clutches, cot quilts, cushions and soft toys. “Mum has always sewed making a lot of clothing for my brother and I when we were little, then moved to patchwork when as teenagers we turned the brand name clothing” Heather recalls. “I have always loved beautiful materials myself and asked to learn patchwork in my early twenties which many people thought was a bit weird... Now I have friends that tell me how creative we are and they wish they could sew themselves!”

The Australia Day market in 2013 was the first of many regular markets in Lithgow for BubbaDub-Duds who also attend Kurrajong Village market and the very large Millthorpe Market. There is so much effort that goes into attending a market with the preparation and setup which unfortunately not always worth it. “It is hard not to take it personally when you have a slow day but we always get lovely comments from people that love our products but don’t have any little ones to buy for” Heather comments. Despite this the duo keep creating offerings to tempt those who are in the market for baby/ children’s items. They are also more than happy to take orders and create custom designs for their customers and you can be assured you will not see hundreds of the same outfit as they only purchase limited amounts of material to increase the variety they offer.

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Over the past 12 months the range has increased to include a greater variety of dress and skirt designs, toy buckets, pencil rolls and bibs. If you are at a loose end for this coming Sunday 6th April Bubba-Dub-Duds will once again be displaying their wares at Millthorpe Markets.

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Secluded Lifestyle! 156 Donald Road

BED 5 | BATH 3 | CAR 3 Set back from the road this home offers a comfortable rural lifestyle for the active family, set on approx. 5 acres. The family residence presents a versatile floor plan, multiple living spaces, separate kitchen and dining, five bedrooms and two bathrooms. Outside the home enjoys front and back sitting areas, BBQ area, machinery shed and more. Inspect today and secure this loved family residence that embraces the rural lifestyle the astute buyer is looking for.

LITHGOW

offers over $299,950

High on the hill. 41a Mort St

BED 4 | BATH 1 | CAR 1 Approximately 10 years young this 4 bedroom offers great value in today’s market. Offers open plan living with separate lounge, neat kitchen and bathroom. Built in wardrobes to all bedrooms. Single garage UMR. Ducted gas heating. Commanding views over Oakey Park.

Bringing a wealth of knowledge and managerial experience to the table, Graham Hodson has worked both inside and outside of the real estate industry over the past 30 years. Passionate about delivering exceptional service to each of his clients, Graham’s approach is empathetic and reliable. It is with absolute determination to ensure that each client walks away having enjoyed a thoroughly positive experience. Graham prides himself on his strong negotiation skills and ability to communicate with people on all levels.

Mobile: 0416 210 661

Contact: Graham Hodson Mobile: 0416210661 Office: 02 6351 3422

One Agency Graham Hodson | Address: 72 Main St,Lithgow NSW 2790 | Phone: 02 6351 3422 Email: grahamhodson@oneagency.com.au | Web: www.oneagencygrahamhodson.com.au

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Decorating with an accent chair make your room look chic & stylish, however many people try for a subtle coloured shade like Accent chairs are statement chairs. They a dark blue to make their chair stand out from generally do not match and are often purchased their other furniture. separately. The idea of an accent chair is for it If you’re looking for something that will to stand out & be the main attraction to a room. particularly stand out then choosing a patterned Accent chairs can chair would be great. Patterned be used in the living chairs are usually bold, bright room, bedroom, or have a floral or geometric dining room or even design on it that will make it in a kitchen and they pop. Striped or chevron patterns are designed to be are a fantastic way to make your stylish yet functional. chair stand out predominantly Types of accent in a neutral based room. Consider the size of your chairs: room before • Wingback choosing an accent • Armchair chair so you know • Leather how much space • Linen you are working • Patterned with. When you are Once you have an limited with space, idea of how you want the best choice to use your chair, you can determine what type would be a smaller of accent chair best suits your room design. armless chair and Wingback & armchairs are on trend this season if you have room to work with then opt for an and create an elegant & dapper style to a room. armchair or a larger chair. Choosing a neutral coloured armchair will

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Accent chairs should get used & be loved by their owners, making them an important part of decorating your house. Most important when adding an accent chair to a room, do not be afraid to experiment. Live with a style for a few days, give it time to work & if it doesn’t create what you’re trying to achieve, try something else!

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Beautifully restored 2 bedroom cottage Spacious living room Versatile kitchen with eat-in dining Modern bathroom and laundry (fully renovated) Excellent outlook Large back yard with rear lane access and shed

Beautiful 3 bedroom home. Spacious formal lounge plus central heating & wood fire. Country kitchen complete with double sink, electric cooking & dishwasher. Open plan lounge/dining room boasting a beautiful outlook towards the north/west plus capturing the warm sun in the winter. Large entertaining deck that wraps around the rear of the home. Well thought out & established gardens. 1000 sqm block. Rear lane access. 4 bay lock-up garage complete with concrete floor, separate toilet, access door & two roller doors. Timber & tool sheds.

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Spacious family and dining room Modern kitchen with electric cooking Separate living room Recently renovated bathroom 3 good size bedrooms R/C split system & electric wall heater Fantastic 1271m² block 2 car lock-up garage Large courtyard and established yard Private and peaceful location Great opportunity to purchase a quality home at a fantastic price!

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Government support and incentives offered to first home buyers are clearly not working, according to Slater & Gordon’s Conveyancing Works, who are calling on a review of current assistance programs. According to the company, first home buyers are increasingly being priced out of the market by investors due to a lack of sufficient support. Slater & Gordon’s Conveyancing Works General Manager Lee Bailie (pictured) described the rates of first home buyer loan approvals as “worryingly low”. “The latest ABS statistics show only 13.2 per cent of loan approvals in January were to first home buyers, with investors still accounting for 38.5 per cent of new mortgages,” Mr Bailie said. A recent survey conducted by the firm showed that a majority of Australians believed that 25 to 30 per cent of their monthly income is a reasonable amount to spend on a mortgage, with 15 per cent of those surveyed saying 10 per cent or less and around the same amount suggesting they would pay more than half of their income. “But the latest census data paints a very different picture,” Mr Bailie said. “In 2011 the median monthly mortgage repayments, compared with the median monthly household income indicates the average Australian was paying approximately 36.5 per cent of their wage on their home loan. “What all of this is telling us is that governments need to look at what is in place to encourage first home buyers into the market

and what more they can be doing.” He said that the success of support services, like the first home owner’s grant, often depend on the financial input of the Government at the time. “We need to see a genuine review of and discussion around what does and doesn’t work,” he said. “It may be around incentives such as the first home owner’s grant, abolishing stamp duty for first time buyers or assistance around deposits such as enabling first home buyers to access their Super. “But it also needs to be supported with discussion and initiatives around urban planning and infrastructure to encourage and support first home owners into the market. “Otherwise we are going to see a situation where potential first home buyers will never, in fact, own their own home.” In New South Wales, eligible purchasers are provided with exemptions from transfer duty on new homes valued up to $550,000. Concessions are available for homes valued between $550,000 and $650,000. Those building a new home are also eligible for grants, with a $15,000 grant currently in place for first home owners purchasing a new home. The scheme will reduce to $10,000 in 2016. But the problem is that many first home owners aren’t in the market for brand new homes, and are looking in older suburbs with lower price ranges.

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In this region there is some very affordable vacant land available, especially in the outer villages, and a number of homes, that may need a bit of love, but would be perfect first homes for young families. Real Estate pricing is what helped Portland recently achieve the #42 position on the top 100 places to live survey released by REI/Aussie Home Loans. But lets keep that to ourselves.

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Get your vegetables in the ground now for a bountiful winter harvest. Guess what? There’s only 2 more months until we are officially in Winter so its time to think about how we can get the best from our garden during the cooler months. First up, lets talk vege’s. The patch needs a clear out and its a great time to start thinking about what winter veg you’d like to plant. And there’s quite a variety to choose from. Think hearty warming things like beetroot, potatoes, pumpkins, broccoli and brussels sprouts. Also consider asparagus, beans, peas, tomatoes, sweet corn and zucchini’s. These can be either sown as seeds or planted as transplants. With regard to plants, you’re going to look for sturdy frost-tolerant types that can handle our climate. Then there’s around the garden. Take advantage of the cooler weather heading our way and commit to some tasks that raise a sweat, like digging new beds in readiness for Spring, laying a new path or finally tackling that water feature. Not only is gardening in the cooler weather great for your plants but its awesome for your soul! Heading outdoors and grabbing some fresh air has been proven by scientists to, even on the coldest and greyest of days, lift your spirits and warm you up! Zoie Wilson from Lithgow Landscapes & Produce in Donald Street, has these top 3 tips to get you started this weekend. 1) aerate, top dress and feed your lawn and garden with fertilizer 2) mulch your garden to provide protection from the frost 3) give the vege patch a good going over with fertilizer and then look at planting for lovely winter vege’s

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WEEKEND FUN Monthly Local Market Guide Name

Date

Time Address

Contact

Lions Flea Market

1st Saturday of the Month

8:30am - 1:30pm

Lions Club Dr, Kelso

(02) 6337 1203

Mudgee Anglican Church Market

1st Saturday of the Month

9:00am - 1:00pm

6 Church St, Mudgee

(02) 6372 2336

Oberon Tablelands Way Country Markets

1st Saturday of the Month

8:00am - 12:00pm

104 Oberon St, Oberon

(02) 6335 5241

Bathurst Flea Markets

1st Sunday of the Month

7:00am - 1:00pm

Russell St, Bathurst

(02) 6331 5453

Blackheath Community Market

1st Sunday of the Month

9:00am - 1:00pm

Blackheath Public School

(02) 4787 7599

Leura First Sunday Market

1st Sunday of the Month

9:00am - 2:00pm

Leura Public School

0432 021 863

Portland Tidy Towns Market

1st Sunday of the Month

9:00am - 2:00pm

Williwa St, Portland

Mudgee Lions Club Lawson Park Market

2nd Saturday of the Month

8:00am - 1:00pm

Lawson Park, Mudgee

Rylstone Artisan & Produce Markets 2nd Saturday of the Month 9:00am - 1.30pm

Memorial Hall, Louee Street, Rylstone

(02) 6379 6202

Bathurst Showground Markets

Kendall Avenue, Bathurst

(02) 6331 3175

2nd Sunday of the Month

9:00am - 1:00pm

Blackheath Growers Market 2nd Sunday of the Month 9:00am - 1:00pm Great Western Hwy & Gardiner Crescent, Blackheath

(02) 4572 6260

Katoomba Craft Market 2nd Sunday of the Month 9:00am - 2:00pm

St. Canice’s Catholic Church Hall, 158 Katoomba Street

(02) 4782 7672

Kandos Market

3rd Saturday of the Month 9:00am - 1:00pm

Angus Ave & Jaques St, Kandos

(02) 6379 4380

Mudgee Farmers Market

3rd Saturday of the Month

57 Market St, Mudgee

0407 837 739

8:00am - 1:00pm

Blackheath Arts & Crafts Market 3rd Sunday of the Month 10:00am - 3:00pm Community Hall, Great Western Hwy Blackheath

(02) 4782 7672

Capertee Markets

3rd Sunday of every Month

Castlereagh Hwy Capertee

(02) 6359 0054

Bathurst Region Farmers Market

4th Sat of the Month

8:00am - 12:00pm

Kendall Ave, Bathurst

(02) 6368 1104

Gulgong Markets

4th Saturday of the Month

8.30am

Mudgee

0447 417 741

Cooerwull School (Primary) Main Street

0429 829 547

Lithgow Regional Markets 4th Sunday of the Month

Please Note: Information has been gathered from 3rd party resources, and may not be accurate. Please contact event co-ordinator to ensure event is still on. If you would like to include your event in this listing, please contact editor@villagevoice.net.au with details.

Upcoming Local Events Treeview Estates Arts and Craft Fair

Sat 5 Apr

9:00am

Treeview Estates, Lithgow

Canowindra Balloon Glow and Night Markets

Sun 20 Apr

9:00am

Canowindra Sports Complex

Ironfest

Friday 25 - Sun 27 Apr

Lithgow Showground

(02) 6353 1638

You never know what treasures you will find at your local markets, get out and have a look this weekend

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Hard rockers heading to the Court House Sydney Party Rock Covers band BIG WAY OUT will be performing at The Court House Hotel on Saturday 5th April at 9:30pm. With their big attitude, high energy and musicianship, here’s an act that will excite any discernible fan of contemporary rock music – all in a Big Way. This versatile four-piece ensemble - delivers a blistering and dynamic live show that will leave audiences breathless and asking for more. On lead vocals and rhythm guitar is John and lead guitarist is Pierre. Andrew’s rocking out the bass and Justin is on drums. Their tailored song list can fit as an acoustic mode as well as full-blown electric, they include hits from today’s current rock acts such as Audioslave, Good Charlotte, Limp Bizkit, Maroon 5, Grinspoon, Nickelback, Living End and Stereophonics. As well as performing surprising and fresh Big Way Out versions of old favourites, their repertoire also features rock anthems from Green Day, Foo Fighters, Pearl Jam, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Bon Jovi, Nirvana, Metallica and many more. Finally, just like their brand of rock, Big Way Out’s youthful exuberance will guarantee your party or venue to Rock Out in a BIG WAY!

Live Band

LONG + SHORT TERM STAYS Old fashioned hospitality!

It’s a DJ Invasion at the Coronation hotel DJ MORGO.. (Bathurst) if you have ever seen this guy play before you’ll know his sets are mind-blowing, if you love that real bouncy stuff you don’t wanna miss this!! DJ HAIZEE.. (Bathurst) previously “Frodo teabaggins” running a completely new style.. He’s still new to the scene but he’ll be one to watch out for... his new sound is epic! DJ LAZY8.. (Portland) Portland’s very own lazy8.. lazy8 has been working with some big name Aussie artists and djs and promises to deliver an epic album mid year to follow his clusterphuck e.p This friday night get behind local music and check him out you won’t be disappointed! Come on out and join in the party!

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WHAT’S ON

Kids eat free

Wednesday Nights

Now Open

For Lunch & Dinner Sundays

Excellent Indian

& Modern Australian Cuisine

Open for Lunch & Dinner Wed- Sun * Each child under 12 must be accompanied by a full paying adult Free choices from kids menu only No vouchers or other offers.

Do you love live music? The Village Voice needs your help. We are looking for music lovers that get out to gigs, go to open mic nights, hang out around all the entertainment venues in town to be our eyes and our ears. Whilst our team is made up of music lovers who have travelled far and wide for a good gig, we can’t be everywhere all the time.

If you are interested in writing articles and taking photos of the growing live music scene in our region, then email us your details today, or better still a review of a gig you have seen recently, and lets let everyone know how much great talent is in this region. Email us at editor@villagevoice.net.au

On Tap this month!

GIG GUIDE Want to get your gigs listed in this section? Then just give us a call, the Village Voice is a big supporter of local live entertainment. Let us know what is on, when it’s on and we will get the word out there for you. Not limited to Pubs/CLubs, any gig at all can be listed in this section free of charge. Email us details to editor@villagevoice.net.au or call (02) 6355 4258

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Bring your appetite when you come to Salud By Rich Evans It was absolutely pouring with rain the night we dined at Salud. We ran in through the door in to the dimly light restaurant with candles and low lights setting a very relaxing mood. On arrival owner Tania greeted us with a smile and we relaxed for a night of good food, good wine and good company. We perused the menu for a short while, but everything sounded so good we decided to trust Tania’s choices and asked her just to bring what she thought we would like. We were dining with one friend who is gluten intolerant, however that posed no issue at all with what we were served. We started with a plate of breads and a variety of cheese, butters, oils and a lovely bruschetta. Next up was the tapas staple, grilled chorizo, which was beautifully coloured and full of flavour. We followed with garlic mushrooms, some of the best lamb cutlets I have eaten this year

Hole in the wall coffee - Open 7 days Weekdays - 7.30am-5.30pm Weekends - 9am-2.30pm Restaurant open for Lunch & Dinner Wednesday to Sunday

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served with their house made tomato relish and pesto. Our gluten free diner was served a gorgonzola mushroom and herb gluten free pizza, and it was amazing. I don’t have an issue with gluten, but that didn’t stop my getting my share. Just when I thought we might be getting close to done, out came the Mussels. Now I know that Mussels are not everyones cup of tea, and to be honest, up until just 6 months ago they were not on my list of foods I liked, however these mussels would make even the most sceptical seafood eater change their mind. The sauce was full of flavour, I’m just glad it came with some extra bread to mop up. Just when we though there was no more room, on the table or in our stomachs, dessert arrived, thankfully, to share. The flour less chocolate cake and the Sticky date pudding with orange were actually surprisingly light and a lovely way to finish a fantastic meal.

12pm-2:30pm & 6pm-8:30pm

Closed Sunday Night

NOW OPEN FOR BREAKFAST

Saturday and Sunday - 9.30am - 12pm

on presentation of this voucher

LIVE LOCAL MUSIC

EVERY TUESDAY NIGHT 70 Chifley Road Lithgow NSW 2790 02 6352 2477 www.zigzagmotel.com.au

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FRESH SEAFOOD EVERY WEDNESDAY NIGHT

(02) 6352 4442 83 Main Street, Lithgow

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JOBS Busy Portland Medical Practice Require medical receptionist: Key criteria · Proven excellent communication skills: face to face, written and telephone, · Professionalism , confidentiality customer services abilities, · Previous similar experience preferably in health sector. · Professional personal presentation, compassionate and professional manner. · Computer skills, experience with medical software desirable. · Ability to cope and work in a fast paced environment. · Highly organised and able to prioritise · Commitment for long term desirable. Options for 1 or 2 casual /part time or full time for the right applicant If you feel you have the necessary skills and experience please send your CV with a cover letter addressing the above criteria to portlandpractice@bigpond.com or 20 Green St, Portland NSW 2847

Leading Digital Design Studio We are a Sydney based Design Studio with another office location in the Lithgow Region and require an experienced digital designer to join our team. Key criteria · Experience with all forms of digital design and required programs (photoshop, flash, dreamweaver) · Knowledge of ASP.NET an advatage · Knowledge of wordpress an advatage · Good client communication skills · Working knowledge on Mac OSX · Desire to work for a company in a high growth mode Now that all sounds nice and rosy, but you will need to be able to perform under pressure and meet the deadlines set in this role. A lot of autonomy available for the right person, which could mean working from home sometimes, out of our office in Portland or down in our office in Penrith. Our Clients are large corporates with high expectations, and we have met those expectations for nearly 15 years. We are not after a junior person to learn the ropes, we need someone who can hit the groupnd running.

If this sounds like you, email your resume and portfolio to rich@redd.com.au.

WILLING WORKERS Advertise your job to 5000 local people Are you looking for a new employee? Every week we drop papers to local homes in Lithgow, Wallerawang and Portland. We then bulk drop papers to supermarkets, hotels, clubs, newsagents, post offices and schools. In it’s first week the Village Voice touched over 5000 homes in the local area, we know this because there are hardly any papers left in the locations we dropped them. So if you are looking to advertise a job, maybe advertising in our paper could be a good idea. From just $21 per week... it could actually be a great idea. Email us at sales@villagevoice.net.au or Call Kellie on (02) 6355 4258

Your Local Guy Handyman Services The Small Job Expert

Good Old Fashioned Values and Service - just around the corner!

Painting Gyprock Carpentry Pressure Cleaning Door & Lock Fitting

Decking Gardening Irrigation Lawn Mowing Rubbish Removal

Gutter Cleaning Fencing Glazing + 100’s of other jobs you don’t have time for!

Call for a free quote and remember - we offer pensioner discounts!

Call Guy on 0490 10-22-41

My name is Arun Sawdy. I am looking for work as a cook or kitchenhand or cleaner. I am an experienced Thai and Chinese cook and I have worked in both Thai and Chinese restaurants. I have also worked as a cleaner and pruner in a winery. I live in Portland and have my own transport. Telephone: 02 6355 5675.

Are you looking for a tutor for your children? Kindergarten to Year 12 - Mrs Gleeson Ph: 0414 276 999 Your willing workers ad could go here for free Email us at editor@villagevoice.net.au to get the word out that you are a willing worker

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BUY SWAP SELL LUCERNE HAY

Cattle Quality $14.40 per bale Contact Lithgow Landscape & Produce Supplies Ph: 6353 1077 or 4 Donald St Lithgow

DVDS FOR SALE

Ben 10 dvds $10 each Prisoner dvd Sale start from $20/set for over 9 hours viewing each set plus special anniversary edition brand new 3 disc set $40 Lithgow 0497923783

HAPPY ANIMAL SERVICES

In home pet service, including feeding animals, collecting the mail and watering plants while you are on holidays or in hospital $20 per day. Dog Walking, Short Term Dog Minding Basic obedience and grooming services Phone Helen 0437 169 985 F0r details and pricing

SPA FOR SALE

Requires servicing, but was used daily prior to move 2 years ago. $600 ONO Must be picked up before 11th April Phone: 0488 188 786

SEE YOUR AD HERE NEXT WEEK Email us details to sales@villagevoice.net.au before 12 noon wednesday and your ad can go here from as little as $15. Get your ad out to over 5000 homes every week.

SEE YOUR AD HERE NEXT WEEK Email us details to sales@villagevoice.net.au before 12 noon wednesday and your ad can go here from as little as $15. Get your ad out to over 5000 homes every week.

Our Giant Easter Colouring Competition Hey Kids! Do you want to win a prize? We are giving away 5 smiggle packs and an easter egg to the best 5 coloured bunnies we get back. You have two weeks to do your best colouring and send in for our judges to see your fine work. The winners will be announced in the Good Friday issue of the Paper.

What’s that REX? You don’t know why people aren’t putting ads in the buy swap sell? Me either buddy, seeing as how we now have over 6000 papers going out and the lady who does animal care got a call in the first week... Let’s just give them the number again

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YOUR FAMILY

Competition open to children under 12 only. Send completed colouring to PO Box 227 Portland NSW 2847. Name:________________________________________________________________________________________ Age: ___________________________________ Address: _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Phone: ___________________________________________ Sign for Parents Acknowledgement of entry: ________________________________________

Tuition in • R.A.D. Classical Ballet (All Levels) • Jazz / Hip Hop • Tap • Private Lessons • Zumba

SSSHHHHHH! The easter bunny is coming to town... details next week!

Ages 2 to Adult Enquiries and enrolments Call Meloney 0414 349 378 Studio: Albert St Hall, Albert St Lithgow follow us on facebook.com/thevillagevoicelithgow

Hand crafted commissioned rocking horses and traditional wooden toys.

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YOUR FAMILY

Golfer’s Swing

Meet Miss Meloney

By Carol Stevens Many people think that Golf is a relatively benign activity, but the incidence of injuries to golfers is relatively high. Because golf can be played over an entire life time, most golfers, at some stage, will be injured. The Golfer needs to be aware of balancing the three body segments: • Lower Body - What is the lower body doing, is it strong enough, is it balanced? • The Core – Are the core muscles working, and is core stability being maintained throughout the swing. • The Neck and the Arms - Usually they are the last point of reference in a golf swing, so often these parts are forced to compensate for what the rest of the body is not doing properly. Back pain is the most common complaint among golfers, in particular in older golfers. However, back pain isn’t the only pain golfers tend to suffer. Neck, shoulder, elbow and hip pain are all common complaints among golfers of all ages. Physiotherapy treatment for these injuries may include: • Soft tissue manipulation and massage. • Specific joint mobilisation and manipulation. • Ice, heat, or electronic muscle stimulation • Exercise to work on the strength and mobility of the: • Upper limbs • Thoracic and Lumbar spine • Core Muscles • Hip Joints • Gluteal muscles and pelvic floor • And Rehabilitation exercises that are individualised to the golfer’s body type, swing mechanics and likes and dislikes.

Be Pro-Active. Golfers rarely consider the damage that the sport’s repetitive, torquing movements inflict on their backs, necks and shoulders. Neither are most recreational golfers proactive about preventing injury to these areas. While many golfers will see their Physio after an injury, some are discovering that seeing a Physio

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before injury is the key to preventing injuries and being able to play round after round without pain.

Who Will it Benefit? • Golfers of all ages and levels who want to improve their game • Golfers with injuries that affect their game • Golfers with old injuries who need rehabilitation • Golfers who are interested in injury prevention and improving fitness levels A Physiotherapist can give you proactive treatment, strategies and advice that can serve as the foundation for realising your full potential on the golf course, while offering the opportunity of playing your best golf safely and injury-free for an entire lifetime.

Carol Stevens is a Physiotherapist at Lithgow Physiotherapy Phone: 02 6352 2288 or visit their website www.lithgowphysiotherapy.com.au

MEDICAL PRACTICE For Appointments

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PORTLAND

Dr Shawki: Mon- Friday 9am - 5pm. Skin Cancer Clinic: Tue 2 - 5pm Pathology: Weekdays from 8:30 - 11:30am Psychologist: Weekly Podiatrist: Fortnightly Diabetic Educator & Dietition: Fortnightly

Welcome to Lithgow Dance Academy. This is our second year at our studio located in Albert Street, Lithgow and what a great time we have had. My name is Miss Meloney and I have been dancing since I was 5 years old. Since then, I have been doing R.A.D (Royal Academy of Dancing) classical ballet which I believe to be the beginning fundamentals of the dance world. I am a fully qualified teacher and teach ballet, jazz, hip/hop, tap, boys’ street dance and zumba. By taking classical ballet classes, you learn flexibility and poise which is then carried though to jazz, hip/hop & tap. In term 2, we are starting an all boys’ hip/hop & street dance class and are currently taking enrolments. Zumba classes are also commencing in Term 2 and you can enrol now to secure a place. At Lithgow Dance Academy, we want you to have fun, increase your flexibility and bring out the passion you have for dance. Private lessons are also available on request.

Call 63 555 174 20 Green St, Portland

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SPORT

Portland win second grade grand final Portland played Valley 2 last Saturday with Portland winning the toss and electing to bat first, with Shane Green and Joel Hutchison opening the batting. Hutchison just couldn’t settle in and was bowled out for only 11 runs, then youngster Rylan Groves come in at 1st drop but struggled to get into any sort of form and played across the line and out plum LBW for only 3 runs In form Sam Cameron come into bat but the Grand Final nerves got to him and was caught out behind for only one run, at this stage Portland was in a bit of trouble so Green had to step up and showing his experience he stayed out there for around 20 over’s to try and steady the ship. With green caught out in the 18th over, Portland went into the drinks 4- 80, Blake Todd had a good day with the bat hitting a quick 41 run before getting caught out on the boundary. Mitch Flynn came in at 6 and was out by an LBW with only 7 runs. Joel Cameron had a good day with 41 run not out, at this Stage Portland were starting to look better with Brady McCann 14, Brendon Miles 5, Mitchell Bionda 4 and Captain Troy Cameron

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Hitting a good 15 runs Portland finished all out for 179 run’s. The highlight of the game was the Bowling attack and the intense fielding with some great catches including Rylan Groves diving full stretch to the right in second slip for the catch of the year and blokes putting their bodies on the line in the field.

Blake Todd 8 over’s for 1/10, Mitch Flynn 8 over’s 4/11, Joel Cameron 4 over’s 1/14 but once again the high light in the bowling was young up and coming star for Portland, Bionda, with amazing Stats 3 over’s 4 out for 4 runs going into next year on another hat trick. Portland bowling Valley out for 40 runs in 23 over’s and taking the match.

Wang Junior Rugby League Look Strong for 2014 By Shane Green Wang JRLFC traveled to Bathurst on the weekend to compete in the annual Eglinton rugby league football carnival with Wang this year fielding 2 under 7’s, 1 under 8s, 1 under 9s and 1 under 12’s teams for the year. The 7’s coached by Craig Brown, and Josh Way saying the kids had a lot of fun coming away with a couple win’s. The under 8s coached by Shane Green and Barry Jackson came home with 2 wins and had a great day with a few new kids in their team this year. Under 9s coach Chris Brown saying his team will be a team to beat improving again from last year. The under 12s travelled to Oberon to play the mod league and had a great day and look good for the year to come.

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under 9s Jet Bullock ready for a big year this year, photo taken by shane Green

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SPORT

David Peachy Shield & Russell Richardson Cup Now in it’s 13th year the David Peachy Shield & Russell Richardson Cup knockout competitions saw a huge turnout at Kremer Park on Tuesday. An initiative of the NRL, the competitions allow regional schools to compete throughout first term, culminating in a finals match in second term held at Dubbo. The entire competition attracts over 250 teams from 100 schools and is a great way for the teams to represent their schools. On Tuesday, we saw 19 teams from 9 primary schools including Lithgow, Oberon, Portland Central School, St Josephs/St Patricks, All Hallows, Cooerwull, Wallerawang and Kandos competing.

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