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    KIAS changing lives overseas


    2019 - 01.21

    THE Leopold family visited the Da Nang Red Cross Orphanage in Vietnam in the April school holidays.
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    Ellie and Ben Leopold play with the children in Vietnam.

    Kangaroo Inn Area School teacher Ange Leopold travelled to the orphanage with her children Ben, 17, and daughter Ellie, 15, as well as her husband Tim to deliver the $500 that the KIAS senior SRC had raised for the orphanage throughout term one.

    The money, which was raised through a casual clothes day and sausage sizzle, will enable the orphanage to buy many items included physiotherapy equipment for the children and formula for babies.

    It also funded an outdoor soccer playing area.

    Robe kindy also contributed by making and selling rice paper/cold rolls.

    KIAS has raised money for the orphanage for the last three years, an initiative which was established with former student and occupational therapist Ella Dunsford who regularly volunteers at the orphanage.

    Ben said it was “good to see first-hand” the improvements that have been made because of the KIAS fundraising.

    Ellie said the experience really opened her eyes to “how fortunate we really are”.

    “I never fully understood their situation until I saw it for myself,” she said.

    “I would definitely like to go back there in the future.”

    Ange said it was also uplifting to see the difference KIAS and Ella Dunsford have made.

    “The outdoor area was lovely and well utilised,” she said.

    “The children and babies soaked up and loved the attention and interaction, and it was reassuring to see they were genuinely well cared for with limited resources.”

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    Offenders charged for stolen DPI car


    2019 - 01.21

    Three offenders have been charged for stealing and extensively damaging a Disabled Peoples Incorporated transport vehicle.Three offenders have been charged for allegedly stealing a vehicle from Disabled Peoples Incorporated last week.
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    Two youths and a 19-year-old male have been charged with numerous offences after reportedly stealing the white Toyota sedan at about 10am last Tuesday.

    The vehicle is used by the not-for-profit organisation for transporting disabled, aged and infirm community members to medical appointments and outings.

    Shortly after being stolen, motorists noticed the car driving in a dangerous manner in the vicinity of Westland Shopping Centre and reported the driver to DPI.

    DPI president Greg Byrne said he apologised for the incident as it was not one of the organisation’s volunteer drivers and staff were glad no one was injured as a result.

    Whyalla police then received reports of the vehicle being driven suspiciously in the Point Lowly area just before 11.30am that day.

    Patrols spotted the car on the Lincoln Highway and attempted to stop it however, the car drove off at speed.

    Another patrol then followed the car after it was seen driving erratically in scrubland behind Stuart High School.

    The car was found abandoned near Charles Avenue in Whyalla Norrie.

    Property recovered from inside the car led police to the offenders.

    A 19-year-old man from Whyalla Norrie was arrested and charged with theft, illegal use of property, speeding in a dangerous manner, engaging in a police pursuit and driving unlicenced.

    A 12-year-old boy from Whyalla Norrie was also arrested charged with serious criminal trespass, two counts of theft and illegal use of property.

    The 19-year-old male was bailed by Whyalla Magistrates Court to appear at a later date while the 12-year-old male youth was bailed by Whyalla Youth Court to also appear at a later date.

    The 13-year-old female youth was released on police bail to appear in Whyalla Youth Court.

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    David Ryan takes out classic Setsplay championship


    2019 - 01.21

    The 2015 Setsplay Singles champion David Ryan (left) with runner-up Jerome Coles.
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    DAVID Ryan has taken out the Brendan’s Australia Tours Setsplay Singles Championship for the second time.

    The bowler from Essendon defeated Jerome Coles in a tense four set final which finished under lights.

    Both Ryan and Coles were pushed to the maximum in their respective semi finals where Ryan overcame Richard Martin (Hamilton) in a three set battle, while Coles was also taken to three sets in his semi final by Stawell’s Andrew Sharp.

    In the grand final it was Coles who got off to a flying start taking out the first set, seven shots to five. However, it was Ryan’s experience and composure under pressure that saw him steady and take out the next three sets 7-3, 7-6, 7-4.

    Spectators who stayed to watch the final were treated to some of the best bowls ever seen in Ararat, with both finalists showing why they were in the final vying for the title.

    In accepting the $1000 prize money and trophy, Ryan paid special thanks to Brendan’s Australian Tours as the sponsor of the championship and also acknowledged the Ararat Bowls Club for conducting the event

    The sectional rounds of the championship were completed a weekend earlier with 16 bowlers returning to the greens to contest the finals.

    While there were a number of experienced and well performed bowlers from previous championships who won through in the sections, there were also some new and relatively unknown and untested ‘dark horses’.

    The 2014 defending champion, Len Kean from Bridgewater, was in devastating form and won his section without dropping a set to his opposition.

    Eventual runner up Coles showed again his class for such a young bowler and previous winners, Anthony Mathison and David Ryan, also won through their respective sections.

    Grampians Bowls Division bowlers also featured in the knockout finals. Peter Oehm (Aradale), Andrew Sharp (Stawell) and Chalambar’s Karen Brennan ensured the visitors wouldn’t have things all their own way.

    Results (finals)

    S Meale lost to Jerome Coles 7-0, 7-5; P Matthews lost to K Brennan 7-3, 7-4; A Sharp 3-7, 7-2, 7-5 def A Mathison; C Skene 7-3, 7-6 def J Robertson; D Ryan 7-6, 7-5 def L Kean; C Bryant lost to C Dawson 5-7, 7-5, 7-1.

    Quarter finals: P Oehm lost to J Coles 7-0, 1-7, 7-0; K Brennan lost to A Sharp 7-1, 6-7, 7-2; C Skene lost to D Ryan 7-6, 3-7, 7-6; C Dawson lost to R Martin 7-0, 7-4.

    Semi finals: J Coles 0-7, 7-6, 7-2 def A Sharp; D Ryan 4-7, 7-3, 7-6 def R Martin.

    Final: D Ryan 5-7, 7-3, 7-6, 7-4 def J Coles.

    Section winners

    Section 1: Richard Martin (Hamilton). Section 2: Len Kean (Bridgewater). Section 3: Peter Oehm (Aradale). Section 4: Craig Bryant (Heathmont). Section 5: Peter Matthews (Melton). Section 6: Conrad Dawson (The Avenue). Section 7: Andrew Sharp (Stawell). Section 8: Karren Brennan (Chalambar). Section 9: Darren Gordon (Dunkeld). Section 10: Craig Skene (Camperdown Golf). Section 11: David Ryan (Essendon). Section 12: Jerome Coles (North Balwyn). Section 13: James Robertson (Warracknabeal). Section 14: Stan Meale (City Oval). Section 15: Anthony Mathison (Kyneton). Section 16: Peter Brown (Murtoa).

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    Brian Stratton wins the 40th annual Camden Art Prize


    2019 - 01.21

    ‘‘Stunning’’: Camden Art Prize committee member Peter Morison with Brian Stratton’s winning painting which can be viewed, along with all the other entries, at the Camden Civic Centre until May 15. Picture: Jeff de PasqualeARTIST Brian Stratton knows how to paint a winning watercolour.
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    A former guest judge of the Camden Art Prize, Mr Stratton was named overall winner of the 40th annual exhibition on Friday night.

    The Camden Art Prize committee has purchased Mr Stratton’s winning entry — titled Desert Country – Lake Mungo 2 — which the judges described as a ‘‘stunning painting that works on all levels and a worthy winner’’.

    The renowned landscape artist has entered the Art Prize competition almost every year since it started and has previously won.

    Mr Stratton retired from his position as a senior arts teacher in 1989 so he could paint full time. He has won more than 280 art prizes and was awarded the Order of Australia Medal in 2006 for his service to the arts and as an educator.

    The exhibition can be viewed until May 15 and is open from 10am weekends and 12.30pm weekdays. Entry is free.

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    Teen ambassadors an inspiration


    2019 - 01.21

    Teen ambassadors an inspiration Olivia Sargent
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    Rachelle Rativo

    TweetFacebook Blacktown Youth AmbassadorsPictures by Gene RamirezNAGLE College student Olivia Sargent and Rooty Hill High School student Rachelle Rativo are Blacktown City’s 2015 Youth Ambassadors.

    Olivia, in year 11, said the selection process involved a written application explaining why she wanted the role; an interview with eight members of the council; a written quiz and the delivery of a five-minute speech relating to this year’s theme on how the youth of Blacktown are influenced by technology and the ways the council can use technology to enhance the Sister Cities program.

    “I explained how the evolution of technology will impact and contribute to the communication and interaction between people on opposite sides of the world, and connect us to one another,” Olivia said.

    “My parents and I were extremely shocked and so happy when it was announced that I was one of [those] chosen.”

    Rachelle, of Quakers Hill, said she was honoured to have been selected.

    Also in year 11, she said people at school often told her how much of an inspiration she was to them.

    “I always tell them I’m no different from them, I’m just an average teen and the secret is — if you put your mind to it you can achieve anything,” she said.

    Rachelle said legal studies was her favourite subject and she wanted to pursue a career in law.

    The girls said they’re looking forward to the experience.

    “Rachelle and I will have a very busy 12 months ahead of us,” Olivia said.

    “We’ll [attend] a number of civic functions, presenting speeches at citizenship ceremonies and representing the youth of Blacktown City at the Young Australian Sister Cities Conference in September.”