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    Junior Illawarra rivals earn Kookaburras strips


    2018 - 08.24

    MEET the Illawarra’s newest hockey Kookaburras, Blake Govers and Flynn Ogilvie.
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    On the local scene they may be the fiercest hockey rivals playing for their clubs Albion Park and University, but they are now together playing for the Australian hockey team in the recent Hobart international Challenge.

    They joined Illawarra’s other Kookaburras Tristan White and Kieran Govers, the older brother of Blake Govers.

    After the initial trial matches against Pakistan and Korea, Blake and Flynn stayed behind to play for the Kookaburras while another trialist Jack Hayes did not make the cut.

    Back to the Hobart Challenge, where the two Illawarra juniors took on the might of New Zealand, Pakistan and Korea and playing alongside more senior Olympic players Jamie Dwyer, Chris Cirello and Eddie Okendon.

    In the final match of the Challenge, Ogilvie played a starring role in the 6-0 win over Pakistan. With having a hand in the opening goal scored by Okendon, Ogilvie scored the final goal from a huge tomahawk with two minutes to full-time. This was his fourth goal for the Kookaburras for his 13th cap.

    Govers scored his third goal in as many games for the Kookas and capped off a great tournament.

    In the 5-2 win over New Zealand last Saturday, Govers scored the second goal from a drag flick and closely following from his elder brother’s speciality from penalty corners.

    Earlier in the week, Govers scored the opening goal in the seventh minute in the 5-0 win over Korea, and was receiving great support from Flynn Ogilvie for another great win in the Challenge.

    In the local league, Albion Park got the better of premiers University, beating them 5-0 with goals from Josh and Callum Mayo, Taylor Anderson, Scott Govers and Connor Scard.

    In other games, Robertson best the Falcons 4-0 with Nathan Wright scoring all four goals and Wests Illawarra defeated Dapto 8-0.

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    Suns play catch-up for first season win


    2018 - 08.24

    SHELLHARBOUR Suns stormed home in the final quarter to beat Bomaderry in an eight-point thriller at Jock Brown Oval on Saturday to claim their first win of the AFL South Coast Seniors season.
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    The Suns won 11.6 (72) to 9.10 (64) after trailing at every change, and by 23 points at three-quarter time.

    There was a dispute over whether Bomaderry booted four goals or five goals in the second quarter and a second disparity between the club and goal umpire’s scoring in the fourth quarter, but the Suns deserved their comeback victory.

    Shellharbour were outplayed by premiers Wollongong Bulldogs in round two in their only other match of a rain-marred season, but Suns coach Andy Wilton was full of praise for his players for their fighting effort against a strong Bomaderry outfit.

    “First half Bomo were running free and doing as they wished too often, but we addressed it at half-time,” Wilton said.

    “We were a lot more physical, a lot more accountable second half and we wore them down.

    “We didn’t give them cheap possessions, pressured them a lot more; made better use of the ball and just fought it right out.

    “I’m proud of our guys.

    “The scoring matter wasn’t something I was aware off and it didn’t impact on the result.”

    Troy Cole led the way for the Suns, while Mitch Bates was a major influence after half-time on the wing, and full forwards Brendan White and Ramez Dagher also key contributors.

    In other round four games, Northern Districts claimed their first win, a tight 12.7 (79) to 8.10 (58) over Nowra at West Street Oval. Wollongong Lions made a resounding 67-point win over Kiama at North Dalton Park. and look a major premiership threat, having slammed the Power 18.13 (121) to 8.6 (54).

    Ben Griffin and Ben Rawson played well for Kiama, while Ricky Neels booted three goals for the visitors.

    Premiers Bulldogs had the round four bye and are away to Kiama in round five on Saturday. Norths host Bomaderry and Nowra are at home to Shellharbour in other Division 1 games.

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    Just did what was needed during Dungog floods


    2018 - 08.24

    Eileen and Bruce Clark took 24 people into their hotel after the horrific floods three weeks agoDespite the devastating floods happening three weeks ago, Eileen Clark can remember clearly the morning all hell broke loose in Dungog.
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    Eileen and her husband Bruce own the Bank Hotel and it was through their generosity 24 people including children, four dogs and a cat had somewhere to go after their homes were inundated with flood waters.

    “I was up and heard this commotion outside and looked out the front door as cars were being washed away,” Eileen said.

    “I yelled out to Bruce to get out of bed and ran over to Vicki and Bo across the road to make sure they were going to get out of their house.

    “They wouldn’t come out with me so I went back to Bruce and told him to get over there and get them out.

    “It was absolute chaos, the water was already knee-high within five minutes and he was yelling at them to get out.

    “But I think they were in shock at what was happening.”

    By then the people in the houses below the hotel were starting to wash away and people were just gathered on the footpath, cold and wet.

    Bruce rang Murray Rumbel and helped him get the motorbikes out of his building which was just below the hotel, and then made sure everyone was okay.

    “All day these people just sat outside looking at where their houses had been, it was heartbreaking,” Bruce said.

    “The water was just so cold and people were coming and going with warm clothes for everyone.

    “Something has to be done to change the direction of the water course, make a detour and clean it all out.

    “There are now four houses, cars and debris in the creek which is going to obstruct the water flow should it ever happen again.

    “We also need a siren to wake people up. If this had happened at midnight, there most certainly would have been more deaths.”

    But despite their generosity in providing a warm bed and food for these people, the couple is quick to say that anyone else would have done the same.

    “We wouldn’t have turned anyone away,” Bruce said.

    “These people have lost everything and didn’t have anywhere to go.

    “It was chaos here for awhile but we coped.

    “We’ve Aussies, we’re resilient and you just get on with it.”

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    Carers foster safe start in life


    2018 - 08.24

    Belinda Grah Barnardos CarerGIVING babies and young children a safe start in life is the passion of Barnados carer Belinda Grah.
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    Mrs Grah volunteers her time providing temporary care for young children as a short-term crisis carer for the organisation which works to protect vulnerable children.

    “We heard about fostering, saw an ad for Barnados in the paper and so we decided it would be a great thing to do,” Mrs Gray said.

    “We have our own four children so we wanted to help in the best way that we can and provide children with all of our love and care.”

    Mrs Grah said it was challenging, but very rewarding.

    “The hardest part is having to give them up at the end, it’s emotionally challenging, but Barnados give you a lot of support,” she said.

    “If you love children, it is such a beautiful and rewarding thing to do.”

    Short-term crisis carers are supported by tax-free carer pay and are entitled to Centrelink benefits.

    Carers can be single, married, de facto, gay, straight, renting or own their own home, but must be over 21 years of age.

    ■ Details: 1800 663 441 or barnardos.org419论坛/wecare.

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    Labour cost a ‘killer’


    2018 - 08.24

    Don KR Castlemaine is seeking to restructure its workforce in a bold bid to make the company more viable.Don KR Castlemaine is seeking to restructure its workforce in a bold bid to make the company more viable.
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    Managing director, Stuart Grainger, said the major change was needed because company had made “significant” losses over the past five years.

    “The labour cost is the big killer for us,” Mr Grainger said. “We’ve got two fiercely aggressive competitors who are paying a lot less in wages than we are. Don pays 15 per cent more than our competitors.

    “Carrying on as we are is not an option.”

    Senior management unveiled the only two options that they believe would make the business viable during a round table presentation to union representatives, local MPs and the media at the smallgoods factory in Castlemaine last Friday.

    Mr Grainger said Don KRC had to either “follow the herd” and employ more 417 visa workers or do something different via negotiations with this month’s Enterprise Bargaining Agreement and change the labour model to give the company more flexibility.

    The idea is to have primarily a permanent workforce. Employees would be paid to work a 38-hour week minimum but the company would have the flexibility to call them in to work more hours during peak periods and less hours during quieter times.

    “We would adjust hours to match volumes,” Mr Grainger said.

    This could see staff working 30 hours one week and more than 40 hours the next, depending on demand. It is understood the 38-hour weeks would be averaged out over an agreed period under the Federal award. Accordingly, staff would not be paid any overtime or penalty rates where the hours average out.

    The other option would be to employ more 417 visa workers through outside agencies.

    Mr Grainger said he had heard that some of Don KRC’s competitors were employing up to 60 per cent of their workforce through agency labour.

    The ‘R’ word (redundancy) was mentioned during Friday’s meeting, if only fleetingly.

    “If we can’t make a change (to the labour model) then redundancies may have to be considered,” Mr Grainger conceded.

    Australasian Meat Industry Employees Union secretary, Paul Conway, responded by saying the union’s business model was to increase people’s wages and their livelihood.

    “What you are asking us to do is to go out and promote a business model with flexible arrangements that effectively impacts on their take-home pay,” Mr Conway said.

    “If we are effective in giving you the type of flexibility and arrangements that you need – what impact do you think that is going to have on our membership? We’ll get flogged because there will be any amount of bad publicity saying the union is weak and did nothing.

    “While I am sympathetic to it, this puts us on a tightrope here,” Mr Conway said.

    Bendigo West MP, Maree Edwards, urged Don KRC senior management to talk to relevant ministers (for manufacturing, industry and employment) to discuss any issues of concern before proceeding.

    Negotiations for the Enterprise Bargaining Agreement start on May 19.

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