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    Kemp picked in Australian girls team

    2018 - 07.28

    Ainslie Kemp

    KYNETON teen Ainslie Kemp was rewarded for her outstanding performance at the AFL National Youth Girls Championship, selected in the All-Australian team.

    Kemp was one of two Vic Country players to be picked in the side.

    She was joined by Kyabram’s Reni Hicks, who was selected on the interchange bench.

    Kemp, who played in the same tournament last year, was named on the half-forward line.

    She kicked multiple goals in the Western Australian footy carnival.

    Vic Countryincluded six players from across central Victoria.

    Kemp was joined by fellow Kyneton young gun Alicia Rooth as well as former Huntly team-mates Isabella Ayre and Luca Gallo, Maryborough’s Chamika Sadler and Gisborne’s Eshe Lane.

    Vic Country lost to Western Australia in the pool A play-off for third place.

    The final score was 6.6(42) to 3.3(21).

    Kemp and Lane both scored goals in the match.

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    Local singer John McNamara performs in Ballarat for first time

    2018 - 07.28

    Local musician John McNamara will perform at The Main Bar on May 23. PICTURE: CONTRIBUTED.

    DESPITE being an award-wining local musician who has performed all around the world, John McNamara has never performed in his home town.

    Evidently because he never found a venue he believed was suitable enough for blues music.

    That was until he discovered The Main Bar.

    This May the blues and soul artist will perform for the first time in Ballarat and he couldn’t be any more happier at the opportunity.

    In last two years he has become a regular on the international blues festival scene, but he has always had a hope of extending his love of blues with locals in Ballarat.

    After discovering the venue in Main Road he knew his time had come.

    “Ideally I would have liked to play more gigs closer to home … but there just hasn’t been many venues for blues music in Ballarat,” he said.

    Performing from his recent album with only himself and his guitar, McNamara is preparing to expose locals to the sounds of blues music in what’s expected to be a sold out event.

    “My live show relies heavily on the voice as much as the guitar,” he said.

    “There are a lot of different kinds of blues that appeal to different people … I use a lot of gospel influences. Onmy album there are a few covers and a lot of soul and blues inspired material.”

    He said he has confidence that following his upcomingperformance there will be more local performances in Ballarat in the future, with hopes Ballarat finds as much inspiration in blues music as he has.


    WHAT: John McNamara

    WHEN: Saturday, May 23, doors 7.30pm

    WHERE: The Main Bar, Main Road

    TICKETS: $15

    BOOKINGS: Available at The Main Bar or by calling 5333 7722

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    Social scenePHOTOS

    2018 - 07.28

    Were you out and about at the weekend? See photos by Phil Hensel here.

    Social scene | PHOTOS Deb Turner, left, with Emma Waterman and Karen Waterman eating out at the Risdon Hotel at the weekend.

    Magdy Jagiello, left, and Amy Grant at the Risdon Hotel at the weekend.

    Rick Sherriff, left, at the Risdon Hotel with Rex Lang.

    Naomi Coulthard and Dean Hollands at the Risdon Hotel at the weekend.

    Ben Stutley, left, celebrated his 27th birthday at the weekend with Chantel Wilson and Cherrelynn Wilson.

    Mark Mitchell and Angela Mitchell were at the Risdon Hotel at the weekend.

    Penny Malchow with Scott Watts at the Risdon Hotel.

    Tyson Stringer and Sharon Stringer eating at the Risdon Hotel.

    Cherrelynn Wilson and Daryl Spence at the Risdon Hotel.

    Jake Smith, right, celebrated his 18th birthday at the Risdon Hotel with Brooke North at the weekend.

    Janine Smith, left, Scott Smith, Nash Swearse and Jack Swearse at Jake’s 18th birthday at the Risdon Hotel.

    Ernie Butcher and Margaret Butcher at the Risdon Hotel at the weekend.

    Pat Gooley, left, and Cheryl Dorber at the Solly rooms at the weekend.

    Ruby Wilton and Angas Wilton at the Solly rooms at the weekend.

    Jeneane Harvie with Neil Harvie at the Solly rooms at the weekend.

    Peter Harvie and Rachael Scarman at the Solly rooms at the weekend.

    Ern Heyne, left, and Gary Clarke at the Solly rooms at the weekend

    Ellie Baldwin with Brodie Baldwin celebrating his 18th birthday at the Solly rooms.

    Gretel D’Agostino, left, with little Lucas D’Agostino and Jennifer Dahlenburg with little Nathaniel Dahlenburg at the Solly rooms at the weekend.

    Janice George, left, Brian George and Flo Davies at the Sportsmans Tavern at the weekend.

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    Chalk and Cheese

    2018 - 07.28

    What a difference a week makes? Central District fought against the odds to at least claim a draw against South Adelaide at Elizabeth in the SANFL in round six, in its best four-quarter effort this season.

    Compared to the past fortnight, the Bulldogs had something to prove, and almost did, fighting courageously against one of the top two sides.

    The keys to the result was the high work-load by Central’s on-ballers and the desperation of the defense, in a game where the return of Bryce Retzlaff, Trent Goodrem and Luke Barmby gave the Dogs a more balanced line-up.

    For the first three quarters, goals were kicked in bunches, the Bulldogs nailing the game’s first two, before South booted the next three of the first quarter to lead 3-1 to 2-0, and the first of the second term.

    Then Central got on a role with three straight majors, before South managed one either side of half time, to extend a 5-2 to 5-0 lead at the long break to nine points, before the Dogs managed two goals after their first point, to lead 7-1 to 6-3 at lemons.

    In possibly the best period by Central this season, a desperate backline absorbed everything the visitors threw at it through most of the final term, with committed, tough-as-nails defense.

    After three South points in the first eight minutes of the final stanza, the Dogs were just a single behind ahead, which was followed by 11 minutes of checkmate footy, as no one scored, until a wobbly snapped goal leading into time on gave the Panthers the lead.

    Another behind late saw South a clear six points ahead, before a desperate late surge saw Chris Jansen kick the goal of the game to level the scores for Central.

    From the bottom of a pack, Travis Schiller dished out a handball to Jansen, who ran forward and bombed the ball towards goal from 70m out, which cleared the outstretched hands of a South defender and bounced through.

    There were still two further forward attacks for the Dogs in the dying seconds, but neither resulted in a score.

    The play of the day happened early in the second term, when a South forward was waltzing in for a “gimmie” goal, but Central’s co-captain Trent Goodrem, after a long run, made a lunging tackle to rob the Panthers of a “Monty”.

    Two statistics highlighted the day’s play, with Central laying an incredible 83 tackles, to South’s impressive 74, while the visitors managed 17 free kicks to the Dogs 12, which left many supporters scratching their heads.

    There were some inconsistent decisions given – and not given – including a clever body-on-body by Bryce Retzlaff at the eight minute mark of the third quarter, when he marked but the umpire ruled he pushed the “diving” South defender in the back.

    To highlight Retzlaff’s frustration, after remonstrating with the man in white (now green!), he gave the ball to the umpire rather than his opponent, which by the rules is a 25m penalty, but on this occasion was not penalised!

    Central’s had many fine contributors, with Jarrad Schiller (16 tackles) and Justin Hoskin (10), leading by example, while Chris Jansen is shaping as a promising player in the Lee Spurr mould.

    Travis Schiller worked hard at the bottom of packs, while Luke Barmby, David Haydon and Sam Hanna were part of a tight backline.

    As for draws, this was the club’s eighth, and second against South (1986 at Football Park was the other one against the Panthers) and second at Elizabeth (Port 1980). It was also the lowest scoring.

    The most recent tie was against Glenelg at Glenelg in 2009, and previous to that, against West at Richmond in 1995.

    An interesting stat is the past four draws by the Bulldogs have seen Central kick one extra goal than its opponent, which kicked six more points.

    This Saturday Central travel to Unley Oval to meet Sturt.


    Central District 2-0 5-0 7-1 8-1 (49)

    South Adelaide 3-1 5-2 6-3 7-7 (49)

    Best: J. Schiller, Jansen, Hoskin, T. Schiller, Barmby, Haydon, Hanna.

    Goals: Hoskin 2, Jenner, Goodrem, Thomas, Retzlaff, Kemp, Jansen.


    1977 Central 19-11 (125) to North 20-5 (125) at Prospect

    1979 Central 14-14 (98) to West Torrens 14-14 (98) at Football Park

    1980 Central 9-18 (72) to Port 9-18 (72) at Elizabeth

    1986 Central 12-13 (85) to South 12-13 (85) at Football Park

    1988 Central 9-3 (57) to North 8-9 (57) at Prospect

    1995 Central 19-8 (122) to West 18-14 (122) at Richmond

    2009 Central 12-9 (81) to Glenelg 11-15 (81) at Glenelg

    2015 Central 8-1 (49) to South 7-7 (49) at Elizabeth

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    Gallery: It’s a family affair at regional titles at North Cronulla

    2018 - 07.28

    Gallery: It’s a family affair at regional titles at North Cronulla Action from the weekends NRMA Southern regional junior surfing titles-u12 winner Jarvis Earle.Picture John Veage

    Action from the weekends NRMA Southern regional junior surfing titles-u14 winner Jay Brown.Picture John Veage

    Action from the weekends NRMA Southern regional junior surfing titles-u18 winner Dion Earle.Picture John Veage

    Action from the weekends NRMA Southern regional junior surfing titles-u18 female winner Paris Whittaker .Picture Brad Whittaker

    Action from the weekends NRMA Southern regional junior surfing titles-u16 surfer Max McGuigan.Picture John Veage

    Action from the weekends NRMA Southern regional junior surfing titles-u12 winner Jarvis Earle.Picture John Veage

    Action from the weekends NRMA Southern regional junior surfing titles-u18 runner up Nathan Martin.Picture John Veage

    Action from the weekends NRMA Southern regional junior surfing titles-Finley Padman.Picture John Veage

    Action from the weekends NRMA Southern regional junior surfing titles-.Picture John Veage

    Action from the weekends NRMA Southern regional junior surfing titles-.Picture John Veage

    Action from the weekends NRMA Southern regional junior surfing titles-Riley Lee.Picture John Veage

    Action from the weekends NRMA Southern regional junior surfing titles-Nathan Rohr.Picture John Veage

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    Resident uses photos to urge Hurstville clean-up

    2018 - 07.06

    Enough is Enough: Michael Chang’s pictures of what he describes as council neglect.A HURSTVILLE man is on a mission to make the council put more effort into keeping the area clean and beautiful.

    Michael Chang is constantly taking pictures of what he describes as the council’s failure to do its job.

    He has even created an online link so others can access the photos and see for themselves and put pressure on the council to “address the problems depicted in the disturbing images”.

    Enough is Enough: Michael Chang’s pictures of what he describes as council neglect.

    Mr Chang’s gripes include:

    ■Stray cats at the corner of Forest Road and Hill Street. Also the grass is over two metres high: “When can residents expect a clean-up from the developer and a fine issued?” he asks.

    ■ Supermarket trolleys in the streets: “I saw 17 trolleys as I walked 250 metres home from Hurstville station last Friday night,” he said. Mr Chang believes the council should insist that the supermarkets take more responsibility and install wheel locks.

    Enough is Enough: Michael Chang’s pictures of what he describes as council neglect.

    ■ An overgrown site near the East Quarter development: “Is this council or landowner’s responsibility? What will be put in place to implement a permanent fix?”

    ■ Durham Street traffic: “Signs and a traffic island won’t make the number of cars disappear,” Mr Chang said. “The problem is the 24- hour gym, two tutoring centres and a tae kwon do school in such close proximity should never have been given planning approval. Where do people park?

    “Add to the fact that there will be hundreds more cars when East Quarter stage 3 and 4 are built.

    “Meanwhile, there are hundreds of empty spaces in the East Quarter car park and parents double parking in Jack Brabham Drive or illegally parking.”

    ■ Fencing at Kempt Field and cracks on the walking track: “Kempt Field must be one of the biggest parks in Australia without play equipment.

    “I’m amazed that an old granny hasn’t fallen on that footpath and broken a hip. Immediate and permanent fixes are required, not Band-Aid solutions.”

    ■ Dumped rubbish: “That black bag next to an electricity substation could be anything. Surely in today’s world of heightened alertness to terrorism, council can show some urgency?

    “I invite you all to walk through this area yourselves,” Mr Chang said.

    “Then put your hand on your heart and ask if the above occurred in your own neighbourhood, would you think it’s acceptable?


    A council spokeswoman said Hurstville Council was actively working to tackle the concerns raised by Mr Chang.

    ‘‘The council has an ongoing program to remove illegally dumped rubbish, including from the nominated site,’’she said.

    ‘‘For information, from January to March 2015, the council has removed more than 44 tonnes of garbage from the local government area. Additionally, thebarricades have alsobeen collected.

    Enough is Enough: Michael Chang’s pictures of what he describes as council neglect.

    ‘‘A large number of stray cats have already been removed from the site and the council is continuing to collect the animals on a regular basis.

    ‘‘In relation to the issues regarding dumped shopping trolleys, ‘No parking’ in the commuter car park and electricity poles, the council is not responsible and has referred these matters to the relevant organisations and authorities for action.

    ‘‘Finally, the council is reviewing all capital works projects for the 2015-16 financial year including playground equipment upgrades. Kempt Fieldwill be considered bythe council accordingly.’’

    “I was at the bank on Tuesday at Hurstville. An elderly lady lining up behind me said to her daughter, ‘Hurstville used to be such a nice town. Now it’s just filthy’.”

    Do you know of other areas with similiar problems that the council should fix?

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    Salvos appeal for volunteers as doorknock needed more than ever

    2018 - 07.06

    Help is on its way: Young Liam Nicol with (back, from left) Sean Li, Trevor Nicol and Sherrie Nicol. Picture: Jane DysonAS THE annual Red Shield Appeal doorknock draws near (May 30-31), the Salvos say their need for funds has never been more desperate.

    Major Sherrie Nicol from the Hurstville Salvation Army said figures showed the Salvos helped more than 1 million disadvantaged Australians each year including people who are hungry, homeless, abandoned or abused.

    She said a huge number of people ended up falling on hard times, and for many, hard times were just one pay cheque away.

    Apart from needing a hand with the doorknock — the Salvos’ 50th — there were many other ways to help.

    “We need drivers, people to help run our counting houses and to volunteer at our community collection points,” she said.

    “There are many practical ideas on our website and it is easy for schools or groups to get involved and help Australians in need.

    “We’d urge all schools and their teachers to consider that this can be a very rewarding and enjoyable exercise to be involved in.

    “By volunteering to help with this appeal you really can make a positive difference to the lives of those less fortunate.”

    Major Nicol said the Salvation Army’s extensive list of humanitarian services was designed to help put lives back together, and included everything, from refuges for women and children in crisis, to homeless shelters, family welfare assistance, employment services, training programs and much more.

    In a typical week the Salvation Army provides 100,000 meals for hungry people, 2000 beds for homeless people, distributes up to 8000 food vouchers, helps 3000 elderly people with aged care services and provides refuge to 500 victims of abuse. — Maria Galinovic

    ■ People wanting to volunteer or donate can call 13 SALVOS (13 72 58) or go to salvos.org419论坛

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    Nathan Tinkler breaches FFA Code of Conduct

    2018 - 07.06

    Nathan Tinkler has been found to have breached the Football Federation of Australia code of conduct as a result of a verbal tirade towards a journalist inside the press box following a match between Newcastle and Sydney last month.

    The Newcastle Jets owner was slapped with an official reprimand for insulting Newcastle Herald journalist Robert Dillon where he was alleged to have stormed into the press box and said “I hope you get cancer and die.”

    Tinkler will have one week to appeal the decision.

    “Mr Tinkler has been issued with an official reprimand and counselled on his obligation at all times to behave in a manner that promotes and upholds the highest standards of integrity, dignity and professionalism in Australian football. He has seven business days in which to appeal this finding,” The FFA said in a statement.

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    Argo’s new global infrastructure entity to raise up to $600 million in IPO

    2018 - 07.06

    A new ASX-listed global infrastructure entity investing in airports, pipelines, toll roads, ports and telecommunications towers,  established by the ultra-conservative listed investment company Argo Investments, is seeking to raise up to $600 million in an initial public offering.

    The new Argo Global Listed Infrastructure entity will invest in a portfolio of 50 to 100 listed infrastructure securities worldwide. It lodged a prospectus on Monday with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission seeking to raise a minimum of $200 million and a maximum of $600 million, with a subscription price of $2 a share.

    Argo Investments, the $5.3 billion listed investment company that has been in operation since 1946 and was once chaired by cricketing great Sir Donald Bradman, will subscribe for $25 million of shares in the new entity as part of the offer. Argo has about 75,000 shareholders, many of them retirees who rely on the steady flow of fully franked dividends to supplement their income. It is a rival to the listed Australian Foundation Investment Company.

    Chairman Ian Martin said in a letter accompanying the prospectus that the new entity offers investors the opportunity to access a broad, diversified portfolio of global listed infrastructure securities.

    The portfolio manager will be New York-based infrastructure manager Cohen & Steers. Mr Martin, a former chief executive of BT Financial Group, became chairman of Argo Investments in 2012.

    Mr Martin will also chair the newly formed Argo Global Listed Infrastructure. Board members of the new entity include Jason Beddow, the managing director of Argo Investments, Joycelyn Morton, who is chairwoman of Thorn Group and is also a director of Argo Investments, Gary Simon, a former head of investments with ABN Amro Australia specialising in infrastructure investments, and Andrea Slattery, the chief executive of the Self-Managed Superannuation Fund Association.

    There is a priority offer for existing shareholders in Argo Investments, with 75 million shares set aside for that component.

    Mr Martin said the new company is seeking to raise a minium of $200 million and a maximum of $500 million, while there is also provision for an extra $100 million in oversubscriptions. Investors in the IPO will also receive attaching options on a one-for-one basis that are exercisable on or before March 31, 2017.

    The company expects  the investment portfolio will be unhedged.

    Mr Martin reinforced that Cohen & Steers has a long track record in global listed infrastructure and as at March 31, 2015, had more than $70 billion of assets under management.

    The new entity will invest in utilities including gas, electricity, renewable energy and water, transport infrastructure such as toll roads, railways, airports and marine ports, and in pipelines and telecommunications towers.

    The offer opens on May 26 and closes on June 19. The new entity is aiming to list on the Australian Securities Exchange on July 3. Joint arrangers and lead managers are CBA Equities and Taylor Collison. Morgan Stanley, Morgans and Ord Minnett are also joint lead managers.

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    Stingrays work hard in home games

    2018 - 07.06

    Speedy Savannah Herbert in a recent game against Wynnum.The Russell Island Stingrays Junior Rugby League Football Club played home games at Stingray Park last Sunday.

    The U7s played well against the visiting Redland Parrots, with Amber James once again scoring tries. Theo Wesley, Peter Herbert, Jack Bull and Rylee Searle also made valuable contributions.

    The Stingrays U8s had an outstanding game against Capalaba Warriors, with Savannah Herbert scoring her first try of the season. Leading try scorer Hayden Wilkes touched down five times, with Mikey Maxwell not far behind with four tries. Adding to the team’s score with one more try was Malcolm Wilmott. Backing up in defence were brothers Thyler and Rylee Searle, with Nathaniel Hoppo being most improved.

    The U10 Stingray team had a tough assignment against Slacks Creek Lions. Max Wilmott led the way in attack to assist try-scorers Bailey James (3) and James Roarty. Jordan Owen played a great first game, with Ryley Kaye working hard in defence and Leon Whell being most improved.

    The U13s had a good workout against the Carina Tigers. The gutsy and never-give-up attitude of the Stingrays saw lock forward Ray Lewis lead the campaign with big hits accompanied by his forward pack of Angus Lawrance, Chase McPherson, Willam Mitchell and Ethan Sillery. Halfback Noah Byers crossed over for his first try for the Stingrays with centre Wade Bruce adding another. Supporting the side were fullback Jacob Coleman and centre Rylie McMurtrie.

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