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Unbeaten Grand Tycoon grabs Alfa Bowl

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July 13, 2018 by admin

UNBEATEN youngster Grand Tycoon produced the best performance of his career so far when he overcame a delayed start and then mid-race pressure before winning the $30,000 Shaw Alfa Bowl at Mowbray last night.
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Grand Tycoon took his record to four wins and is now on target for the $100,000 Elwick Stakes on February 3 and possibly the $100,000 Gold Sovereign Stakes at Mowbray on February 27.

“He appears to have the wood on the locals and well look at those races but be mindful that when he’s had enough he will go to the paddock,” trainer Barry Campbell said.

Campbell was impressed with last night’s one length win after Grand Tycoon stood in the barrier stalls for six minutes while one horse was vetted and another was a late scratching after dumping his rider.

Grand Tycoon ($1.40 fav) jumped in front but shortly after the start was pressured by Gee Gees Style and then One More Red before pulling clear in the home straight.

“To win four out of four is a good effort and I would rate him up there with the two-year-olds I’ve trained,” he said.

Campbell prepares the youngster for North-West owners Charlie and Wendy Langmaid.

“It is an honour in itself to win a race named after Alfa,” Langmaid said.

Alfa was also prepared by Campbell during his two-year-old season in 1995 and was unbeaten in six Tasmanian starts.

Race sponsor Alwyn Shaw said it gave him a thrill that Grand Tycoon was foaled at his Aceland Stud at Whitemore before being offered at the 2012 Magic Millions yearling sale.

Memorial to Carr

BRIGHTON apprentice Sigrid Carr added her name to the Craig Hanson Memorial honour roll when she guided Arties Spur home.

It is the 30th anniversary of Hanson’s death in a fall at Mowbray and the race named after him is keenly sought by jockeys.

Carr has only been riding a few months and she took her record of wins to 12 last night.

Arties Spur ($6.20) is trained at Brighton by Stephen Lockhart who said Carr’s 3kg allowance definitely helped.

He trains Arties Spur for Dudley Clark, of Woodrieve Stud, and said the win will be a tonic for him as he is suffering from ill health at the moment.

Snell trains a winner

FORMER jockey Jodi Snell celebrated her first winner as a trainer when favourite Cuprona Road took out the opening race at Mowbray.

Snell, who rode for most of her career under her maiden name Borrett, retired from the saddle four years ago to begin a family and later took out her trainers licence.

“This is a big thrill although I would prefer riding to training,” the 37-year-old said.

Cuprona Road ($3.40 fav) was able to take the lead on the home turn after crossing from a wide barrier and although getting a little tired near the line held on to beat My Grey Horse ($4.00) and She’s A Monet ($3.60) in the Supervobis Maiden Plate (1200m).

Snell said the win carried extra significance as her husband Simon had broken in the gelding and her father Keith shared in the ownership.

Cuprona Road had put the writing on the wall with a first-up second to promising galloper Ollies Gold at Elwick on December 22.

During her riding career Snell was in the top bracket of jockeys in Tasmania and formed a good partnership with John Blacker who is now training in Victoria. Snell retired with 380 wins.

Three on the trot

PROMISING three-year-old Streetwise Savoire made it three wins on the trot and and equalled the 1100m track record to boot when he scored in the Charlie Blyth Memorial Handicap.

After appearing under pressure approaching the home turn Streetwise Savoire ($1.80 fav) moved up a gear in the straight to go on and win by three lengths over early leader Little River Girl ($2.30) and Daunting Dancer ($9).

Savoire Vivre was coming off wins at Elwick on November 25 and Mowbray on December 12 and his time of 1:04.18 matched the record of Galibier set in October last year.

Streetwise Savoire is a stablemate of Galibier and trainer Scott Brunton is predicting a bright future for him.

Brendan McCoull guides unbeaten youngster Grand Tycoon to victory in last night’s $30,000 Shaw Alfa Bowl at Mowbray. Picture: TASRACING

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VTAC offers: round one released

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July 13, 2018 by admin

2013 Tertiary Places Guide — full list of first round offers
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THE wait is over for university hopefuls, who will find out today if they have received a first-round tertiary offer.

Among them is former Phoenix College student Michael Cameron, who is hoping to be accepted in Law and Arts at Deakin in Geelong.

Mr Cameron, who received an ATAR of 76, said he was reasonably confident his score was enough to receive a first-round offer into the course.

“The clearly-in score is 83 but I have a friend who does Law and Arts at Deakin and he had four or five friends who got in with a score of 76 so I think I’ll be okay,” the 17-year-old said.

If not offered Law and Arts at Deakin, Mr Cameron said he would also be happy to study his second preference, Law and Commerce.

If not, Mr Cameron’s third and fourth preferences will mean university life will take him to Warrnambool.

“I achieved the clearly-in score for Law and Arts in Warrnambool … I could make a start and transfer later if I had to,” he said.

Former Phoenix College student Michael Cameron is hoping to study law at Deakin in Geelong. KATE HEALY

University first-round offer details for undergraduate coursesare available online todayafter 2pmvia MyInfo on www.vtac.edu.au. Students will need their VTAC ID and PIN to log in.

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Holman Clinic pioneers defy Sydney claim

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July 13, 2018 by admin

LAUNCESTON’S Holman Clinic pioneered brachytherapy for cancer patients in Australia more than a decade ago and is still at the forefront of national service delivery, director Stan Gauden said yesterday.
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Dr Gauden was speaking after claims from a Sydney hospital that it was the first public hospital in the country to use brachytherapy on breast cancer patients.

“We’ve been using brachytherapy here since 1997 for both breast and other kinds of cancer,” Dr Gauden said.

“It’s all a bit old hat for us now.

“It was really the interest of our technicians at the time in wanting to use the technique when invited by the manufacturers that saw us get started.”

Dr Gauden said that the Launceston General Hospital cancer clinic often hosted national and international visitors who wanted to see how the treatment worked.

In the past couple of years the Launceston Holman Clinic had also started using the highly specialised treatment for other cancers, such as skin cancers, Dr Gauden said.

“We had a paper published last October on our reported data – it presented one of the biggest series (numbers of patients healed) in the world,” Dr Gauden said.

The Holman Clinic was also using brachytherapy in gynaecological cancer work and for internal cancers, such as tumours in the bile duct or lungs.

Dr Gauden said he was proud of the results since the treatment started in Tasmania.

“At this stage we’ve had no (patient) returns,” he said.

He stressed that the treatment was not for everyone.

“In breast cancer, it’s usually for older patients over 60 with lower chances of the disease reoccurring,” he said.

“And it’s for those patients where the cancer has not spread to the lymph glands.”

Brachytherapy cuts the radiation treatment time and its effect on the rest of the body by going to the seat of the tumour.

A series of wafer-thin plastic tubes are inserted in and around the tumour, guided by ultrasound and other medical imaging techniques.

The radioactive element iridium is passed through the tubing or tiny catheters directly to the tumour.

Dr Gauden said that patients had two treatments a day over a week, had the catheters removed and went home, instead of the conventional radiation treatment that took at least five weeks.

He said that brachytherapy had been around as a treatment for nearly 100 years.

It had become particularly useful in the past decade through the development of ultrasound equipment that could guide technicians to the tumour.

Holman Clinic radiation therapists Liz Howell and Ian Hodgetts with a breast tissue model and displays of the brachytherapy procedure. Picture: SCOTT GELSTON

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Teapots take top sand gong

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June 21, 2019 by admin

THE idea of two pots clashing was evolving in his mind as he carved, and for Blue Mountains sand sculptor Jino Van Bruinessen, the idea paid off.
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Mr Van Bruinessen’s sculpture was voted the best for the 2013 Windsor International Sand Sculpting Competition, and was awarded the title during a ceremony at Howe Park on Sunday.

Mr Van Bruinessen’s sculpture of a clay pot and a brass pot clashing together depicted the fact that the weak and strong cannot live side by side.

It was just one of 14 impressive sculptures completed by the visiting sculptors, with the impressive results remaining on display until January 28.

Mr Van Bruinessen told the Gazette at the beginning of the competition that he believed winning a sand sculpting competition was like winning the lotto.

Happy with his win, Mr Van Bruinessen said he has enjoyed this year’s event.

“It been good, it’s been hot, but I was lucky to get some shade,” he said.

Mr Van Bruinessen will only have a week or so to revel in his win, before taking off to Queensland for the Australian Championships in February.

This year’s event has attracted families from the local area, greater Sydney and even travelling overseas visitors.

Heavy rain during judging on Sunday failed to keep the crowds away either, with many braving the wet to find out which sculptor would take out the top gong.

Along with Mr Van Bruinessen’s sculpture, also on display was a tree warrior, the Pied Piper, a gremlin and more, keeping with the Fairytales and Fables theme.

Visitors can continue to enjoy the sculptures for a couple more weeks yet, with the event not due to close until January 28.

During the fortnight, two sculptors will also be on site creating a display pieces of 60 tonnes of sand so you can see how it is done.

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First place winner Jino Van Bruinessen, Australia, at the Hawkesbury International Sand Sculpting Competition.

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Vandals burn cricket pitch: Glossodia

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June 21, 2019 by admin

GLOSSODIA, do you know what your kids are up to? — This is the question being asked by residents after any hope of a sporting summer was ruined by what locals are calling ‘‘youths’’ who set out on a vandalism rampage last week.
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The cricket pitch at Woodbury Reserve was set alight in the early hours of Tuesday, January 8, and will now be out of use for at least this season.

Fed up with the amount of vandalism and thefts occurring, members of the close-knit community are fuming over the recent attack.

The Gazette understands that those responsible for the mindless destruction stole skip bins and cardboard boxes from the local liquor store before setting them on fire in the middle of the cricket pitch at about 1am.

During a week of catastrophic weather conditions, Glossodia Cricket Club president Neil Byers said the outcome could have been a lot worse.

“Because of the temperatures and high winds, embers blew across the ground all the way up to the canteen.

“They could have wiped out the entire grounds, if not the entire suburb,” Mr Byers said.

The culprits, who are believed to be known to police, also ripped out sprinkler systems around the grounds and smashed windows to the cricket and soccer club house.

But this isn’t the first time the sporting complex has been hit by so called ‘‘delinquents’’.

Mr Byers said the facility has been repeatedly targeted and this is the third time the pitch has been set on fire in a matter of weeks.

“The first time they torched it was on Christmas eve then again on New Year’s Eve” Mr Byers said.

“Two weeks before Christmas they ripped down the shutters on the canteen and in the past, they’ve poured litres of diesel on the grounds, shattered lights around the complex and even chucked burnouts on the field.”

Mr Byer said he has even found drug paraphernalia, such as bongs, lying around the Reserve.

“The community knows who is behind all of this, but no member of the public is willing to talk because of fear of retribution,’’ Mr Byer said.

“They are scared what will happen to their business or homes and for most of them that’s their livelihoods.”

Mr Byers said at this stage, he couldn’t put a price on the cost of repairing the damage.

“Volunteers put a lot of time and effort into maintaining the grounds and all just to have this keep happening,” Mr Byers said.

“The cricket club is still trying to fix the pitch but at this rate it looks like we won’t be able to play any games here for the rest of the season.”

Other angered community members have branded those responsible a ‘disgrace’ and their actions ‘disgusting.

■ Anyone who may have information on the vandalism contact Windsor Police on 4587 4099 or Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.

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Vandalism: The burnt cricket pitch at Woodbury Reserve, Glossodia. Photo: Kylie Pitt

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Lamb the perfect meal for Australia Day

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June 21, 2019 by admin

Barbecued butterflied lamb leg Lamb steak sandwich.
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Australia Day is around the corner and a day of celebration is the perfect time to invite friends over for a barbecue or informal lunch.

While seafood is the hero at Christmas and steak is always a welcome favourite on the hotplate, spice up your gathering with a touch of Aussie lamb.

Here’s a few recipes to whet your appetite for the weekend event.

Lamb steak sandwich

Serves: 4

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 10 minutes

Ingredients

4 lamb round or topside steaks

1 Tbsp olive oil

1 red onion, thinly sliced

1 cup baby spinach leaves

8 slices Turkish bread, toasted

cup beetroot dip

Method

1. Brush the steaks lightly with a little oil. Season each with salt and pepper. Preheat the barbecue flat-plate or char-grill pan to hot before adding the steaks.

2. Cook on one side until the first sign of moisture appears. Turn steaks once only. Test the steaks for degree of doneness with tongs. Rare is soft, medium feels springy and well done is very firm.

3. Remove steaks from heat, loosely cover with foil and rest steaks for 5 minutes before serving. While the steaks are resting heat the oil in a frypan and add the onion. Cook over a moderately high heat until onions are soft and golden.

4. Using the toasted Turkish bread make sandwiches with the baby spinach, the steaks, cooked onion and the beetroot dip.

Tips

When you char-grill or barbecue don’t turn the meat too often. The rule is – turn meat once only. Use tongs, never a barbecue fork, to turn the meat – piercing the meat with the fork will drain the juices from the meat onto the grill or barbecue plate.

Barbecued butterflied lamb leg seasoned with parsley, capers and lemon

Serves: 6

Preparation time: 8 minutes

Cooking time: 50 minutes

Ingredients

1kg lamb leg, boned and butterflied

2 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley

2 Tbsp chopped capers

grated rind and juice of one small lemon

1 Tbsp olive oil

freshly ground pepper and salt

salad, to serve

Method

1. Preheat the barbecue to 200degrees (the burners should be set at medium). Combine the parsley, capers, rind, juice and oil, then rub over the lamb. Then season with pepper and salt.

2. Place the lamb in the centre of the barbecue, skin side up. Turn the burners directly under the lamb off. The remaining burners are left on to conduct and circulate the heat around the lamb.

3. Close the lid and cook for 25 minutes per 500g for a medium result. Test for doneness with tongs. Rest for 15 minutes before slicing.

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Ice-creams for grownups

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June 21, 2019 by admin

Vanilla boysenberry ripple. Karen Martini ICE CREAM recipes for Epicure and Good Food. Photographed by Marina Oliphant. Styling by Caroline Velik. PLEASE DO NOT CROP OUT FOREGROUND OF DISH OR IMAGE. The Age Newspaper and The Sydney Morning Herald.Not everyone has the time, or the inclination, to spend hours making dessert. Churning your own ice-cream is admirable, but doesn’t always fit into a busy schedule. But this doesn’t mean you can’t impress at the end of a meal.
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Vanilla and blackberry caramel ripple ice-cream

This is simple to make and dresses up store-bought ice-cream in a really fresh and flavoursome way. It’s ideal for a casual barbecue or party. Serve it in paper cups or frozen tall glasses with fresh berries and long spoons.

300g frozen blackberries (you can use mixed berries)

1L high-quality vanilla ice-cream

200g castor sugar

2 tbsp water

Juice of 1/2 lemon

Fresh berries to serve (optional)

Icing sugar (optional)

1. Take the berries from the freezer and empty into a food processor. Remove the ice-cream from the freezer to soften.

2. Put castor sugar in a small saucepan, add the water and stir. Place over high heat and cook to a medium-coloured caramel without stirring. Watch carefully, as it can burn quickly.

3. Start to blend the berries while slowly pouring the caramel through the feed tube of the food processor. Blitz until smooth. Add the lemon juice and pulse. Strain through a fine sieve, pressing with the back of a spoon to get all the liquid.

4. Empty ice-cream into a shallow container. Make random holes in the ice-cream to take the berry mixture – you will need enough holes to take about 300 millilitres of liquid. Pour berry mixture into the holes. Flatten out the top and place in the freezer, uncovered, until solid.

5. Scoop across the tray to get the ripple effect and serve with fresh berries dusted with icing sugar.

Serves 8-10

Drink Young Rutherglen muscat, chilled

Tip Fresh berries and icing sugar are a great final touch to this simple spin on an old favourite.

Banana and coconut ‘ice-cream’ sandwich with chocolate and toasted coconut

This is more creamy ice than ice-cream; it doesn’t have the silky texture of a classic churned custard, but the bananas add real richness and texture. Get the kids involved in the sandwiching and dunking. And remember: chocolate-covered fingers are the easiest to clean.

About 600g very ripe banana flesh (5-7 bananas, skin turning black)

500ml coconut cream

Juice of 1/2 a lemon

150g soft brown sugar

400g dark chocolate callets (buttons)

20 rectangular ice-cream wafers

30g toasted coconut chips (shaved)

1. In a food processor add bananas, coconut cream, lemon juice and sugar and blend until smooth.

2. Pour mixture into a rectangular container, about 10 centimetres by 30 centimetres, lined with cling film. Choose a container that best matches the shape of your wafers. Freeze for six hours or overnight.

3. Before assembling, melt chocolate in a small bowl over simmering water. Remove from heat when fully melted.

4. Cut set ice-cream into 10 slices and sandwich together between wafers.

5. Dip one end of the sandwich into the melted chocolate, then into toasted coconut and lie sandwich on a lined tray. Put back in the freezer for five minutes to set the chocolate. Serve.

Serves 10

Coconut and lime icy pole with spiced syrup and pineapple

This is an adult dessert caught up in a childhood memory. The spice syrup has fairly sophisticated flavours and the super-fine pineapple dice with slivers of lime leaf adds refined freshness, but there’s no avoiding that it’s on a stick. It works best with a flat-sided icy-pole mould; a wooden stick ups the nostalgia.

Ice

300g castor sugar

120ml water

500ml coconut cream

Juice of 3-4 large limes (100ml)

Spice syrup

8cm piece of young ginger, sliced

1 lemongrass stalk, chopped

10 allspice berries

6 cloves

300g Dulce sugar (you can also use soft brown sugar)

100ml water

6 lime leaves

1 small pineapple

1. For the ice, add the sugar and water to a small saucepan, bring to a simmer then take off the heat and leave to cool.

2. In a mixing jug, combine the coconut cream, lime juice and the cooled sugar syrup and pour into icy-pole moulds. Freeze for six hours or overnight.

3. Syrup: crush the ginger, lemongrass, allspice and cloves in a mortar and pestle.

4. Tip crushed spices into a small saucepan, along with the sugar and water, stir and slowly bring to a simmer. Bring to the boil then immediately turn off the heat and allow to cool for a few minutes.

5. Strain through a fine sieve, pressing with a ladle or the back of a spoon to extract as much syrup as possible. Cool.

6. To serve: shred lime leaves as finely as possible. Peel and finely dice pineapple. Mix together. Unmould icy poles onto plates and spoon lime leaf and pineapple over and drizzle with spice syrup.

Serves About 8

Drink Champagne; Passiona (more nostalgia)

Tip Cling wrap filled icy-pole moulds and push sticks through wrap to help hold in place.

Styling by Caroline Velik. Plates from Mud, spoon from Ex Libris.

All photos by Marina Oliphant.

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Mayor wants meeting of the minds to help city

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June 21, 2019 by admin

Logan’s mayor Pam Parker wants to prioritise education, re-training, housing and migrant settlement programs to create a two-year plan for the city at a forum in February.
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Cr Parker called the meeting in the wake of a family feud that began over damage to one family’s car, triggered days of frustration in the Logan suburb of Woodridge and ended today when one family moved to the Gold Coast.

Now details for a two-day forum – being called “Logan: City of Choice Forum” – are being hammered out so the meeting can be held between the state and federal parliament sitting weeks in February.

At the two-day forum, Logan City Council, the Queensland and federal governments will be set objectives for two years based on views of the community.

Day one will be a “ministerial roundtable” of both federal and state government ministers, while on day two planners will hear from community groups and community leaders in Logan.

“We are calling it City of Choice because it is about turning the issues in Woodridge around and creating a city of choice for people to invest and live,” Cr Parker said.

Tackling unemployment and housing problems in Woodridge were the immediate, short-term step, Cr Parker said.

Logan City’s unemployment dropped from 7.7 per cent to 7.3 per cent in the June 2012 quarter. But Woodridge has unemployment of 18.4 per cent – three times the Queensland average of 6.1 per cent.

“It has extremely high unemployment and it needs to have a strong focus on employment opportunities,” she said.

Cr Parker said the state government was addressing housing.

“We have the housing taskforce where the [state] government is looking at the revitalisation of housing commission properties in Logan and that particular suburb, Woodridge, as well,” she said.

Housing and Public Works minister Tim Mander is overseeing this project, set up by previous minister Bruce Flegg.

Similar revitalisation projects in Inala, southwest of Brisbane, and the Ipswich suburb of Churchill have been successful.

“That’s the type of thing we are looking for,” Cr Parker said.

“There is a housing working group that has been established that is looking at the revitalisation of Woodridge.”

Unemployment and training must be addressed by the federal government, she said.

“Unemployment, I would like to know what can happen at a federal level. I want to know what skilling and training they can put in place for the long-term unemployment,” she said.

She said Logan also wanted to explore education options and had signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the education department to look at more innovative ways of teaching.

“We have learned that with a multicultural community like ours, one style of learning does not fit all,” she said.

“And the classes will be based on language literacy and ability rather than age -related.”

Cr Parker said Logan City Council would manage the forum, but said all levels of government must be involved.

“We want to bring a whole-of-government approach to this. We will co-ordinate it, but we want the different levels of government to take ownership for their areas of responsibility,” she said.

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Hawkesbury parents feel the pinch of childcare fees

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May 21, 2019 by admin

HAWKESBURY parents have welcomed the new year with a stinging rate rise in childcare fees.
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Childcare centre rates around the district have risen an estimated $6 per day.

Oakville Preschool Learning Centre’s teacher Elizabeth, confirmed last week with the Gazette, the centre’s rates had increased by $3 per day — as they did every year.

An Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABBS) report released last week showed 6161 families throughout NSW are now being charged between $60 and $79 per child each week for preschool, while 5760 parents are paying between $100 and $249.

The report released by the ABBS also found that 335 families are paying out-of-pocket expenses of more than $250 per day.

The Gazette’s Facebook followers confirmed the hike in fees in centres across the Hawkesbury.

Jessica Day wrote that her child’s fees had gone up $5 per day.

‘‘I am now paying $75 per child, per day,’’ she wrote.

While Ms Day pays $75, Sarah Aldridge was paying $17 more.

‘‘My son just started childcare. I am paying $92 a day…I almost chocked,’’ she posted on the Gazette’s Facebook.

However, most Facebookers weren’t shocked by the announced price rise.

‘‘Of course child care fees increase every year. Most workers have an annual wage incre-

ase or review of conditions. Early childhood education and care centres also have to contend with the same increases in electricity, water, rent, groceries etc as households do. If fees didn’t increase how would the centres keep their heads above water?’’ Melissa Cole posted.

But with the increase in child-

care rates occurring every few months, fewer children are being sent to childcare centres and preschool’s before they are sent to begin school.

Research conducted by the ABBS states the first five years of a child’s life are vital to the development of life-long learning habits.

It also found that children who attend a childcare or preschool before they attend school have an easier transition into school.

Preschools differ from childcare centres and long daycare centres, as parents who send their child to a childcare centre cannot claim federal government rebates.

Nominated Supervision, Margaret Hardy from Windsor Presbyterian Preschool Kindergarten said families at her preschool pay $36 per day.

‘‘We are a traditional preschool; we are on a different payment system than childcare centres, as our families receive a rebate from Centrelink — depending on their current circumstances,’’ she said.

‘‘We charge a lot less than childcare centres because we do not provide food, they do. They provide care while we provide an educational program for the children before they head off to school.’’

Parents who send their child to a preschool can claim as little as 65 cents for every hour their child has spent at the centre.

Parents who have their child/ren in a preschool have started a Facebook campaign called Fund NSW Preschools Now, which demands answers from NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell and Education Minister Adrian Piccoli about why children in NSW are missing out on government payments or help.

But according to the NSW government their Preschool Investment and Reform Plan provides $29.8 million in new yearly fundings to preschools and childcare centres each year.

Mr Piccoli said real expenditure by the state on children’s services increased by 5.6 per cent between 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 but they await ‘‘clear commitment’’ from the Commonwealth on further NSW funding.

“Ongoing Commonwealth funding will be essential.”

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Linda Bates of Bligh Park, with children Lucas Wilson, 16 months; Jessie Wilson, 5; James Wilson, 3 weeks, and Emily Wilson, 7. Photo: Kylie Pitt

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Squadron flies again

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May 21, 2019 by admin

NO.35 SQUADRON, which dates back to 1942, will accommodate 10 new Alenia C-27J Spartan Battlefield aircraft which are due to arrive at Richmond RAAF in 2015.
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The announcement of the squadron being re-established allays widespread fears the Richmond base was winding down operations with the recent loss of jobs as well as the departure of the Hercules.

The re-established No.35 Squadron will make Richmond base its home for the foreseeable future.

Macquarie Labor candidate Susan Templemann told the Gazette she believes this will give local businesses confidence in the continuing presence of the RAAF operations which are so important to the local economy.

‘‘It’s great that the squadron will be returning to Richmond and it will grow to its full capacity over the next few years,’’ she said. ‘‘This is a demonstration of the important role which Richmond RAAF base plays in the Australia’s defence and peacekeeping activities.’’

The squadron will be re-established under the leadership of Wing Commander Brad Clarke.

It will firstly be re-established with 25 personnel but will continue to grow in the upcoming years to reach about 250 members.

‘‘The re-establishment of No.35 squadron will see it prepare for our fleet of 10 C-27J Spartan Battlefield Airlift aircraft,’’ Air-Marshal Geoff Brown said.

The aircraft were bought to replace the Caribou aircraft which retired from service in 2009.

Wing Commander Clarke said their first tasks were to work with the Battlefield Airlift Transition Office to map the required workforce structure, operating procedures and introduction plan for the C-27J Spartan.

“No.35 squadron will send their first aircrew and maintenance personnel to train on the C-27J in the United States next year, 2014,’’ he said. “Once in service, the C-27Js will greatly increase the number of airfields Defence can operate in and they will increase the level of fixed-wing support available on the battlefield.’’

In Australia, the C-27Js will be able to access over 1900 airfields, where the retired C-130 Hercules were only able to access 500.

Air-Marshal Brown said the No.35 squadron has provided combat airlift for Australia in several conflicts. “The C-27J is ideally suited to continue this legacy of support for personnel deployed on combat, peacekeeping, or disaster relief operations,” he said.

The purchase of the C-27Js will help improve the Australian Defence Force’s ability to move troops, equipment and everyday supplies in tough and smaller areas — areas in which the late C-130 Hercules were unable to reach.

The government agreed to the purchase of the new aircraft last May, costing $1.4billion.

The C-27J complements the capabilities of the C-130H and C-17 aircraft as it uses common infrastructure and aircraft systems such as engines, avionics and the cargo-handling systems.

Ms Templeman said she had great respect for the squadron.

‘‘From humble beginnings with only two aircraft in World War II, No.35 squadron earned a proud place during the Vietnam War as an efficient and effective operation,’’ she said.

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Super-fit Wright eyes world title

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May 21, 2019 by admin

Owen Wright at Bell’s Beach. Picture: ANGELA WYLIEIn surfing, a “slob air grab” is one of the most difficult and spectacular moves to pull off.
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Taking its cue from skateboarding, the rider cuts back into the lip of the wave, using its force to launch skyward as he pirouettes almost 360 degrees in the air, then drops back into the crest of the wave and powers on.

It requires explosive power, tremendous strength and phenomenal balance. Owen Wright executed two of them in the pressure-cooker atmosphere of the New York Quiksilver Pro in 2011 to beat 11- time world champion Kelly Slater.

Even more impressive than besting the legendary American was that Wright was only 20 at the time and in just his second year on the tour.

But it came as no surprise to those who know the laid-back goofy-footer well: Wright, now 22, is super-fit. He has a dedicated work ethic and comprehensive understanding of how his body works and what it can do. He also wants to win a world title. Badly.

In 2010, he was the tour’s Rookie of the Year, and in 2011, his breakout year, he finished third, trumping experienced riders with his smooth, aerial-based brand of surfing. Last year, he ended the season in 10th position.

“It’s about gaining experience,” he says. “In 2011 I had a great year and it showed me that winning the big one is possible. I would really love to win a title.”

Wright lives with his girlfriend Sam in Thirroul – about an hour’s drive from Culburra, the seaside town on the NSW south coast where he grew up.

He and trainer Blake Thomas from Pulse Fitness in Wollongong have devised a fitness and nutrition program that enables him to surf massive barrels and perform the cutting-edge aerial moves that the judges love. He starts every morning with a surf, then runs for 15 minutes at 75per cent full pace.

“I’m puffing by the end of it – it’s basically a warm-up,” he says. Two days a week it leads into hardcore paddle- and stability-training sessions.

TAKE US THROUGH YOUR PADDLING WORKOUT.

I paddle twice a week on a regular surfboard. I do 60 seconds flat out, then 90 seconds at 80per cent effort. I’ll do this eight times with a 30-second break, keeping my heart rate at 150bpm. If I’m doing it on a lake, I’ll do non-stop squats during the 30-second breaks. It simulates the intensity needed to paddle out the back, then catch the wave. I’ll then practise getting my heart rate down to 120 so I’m calm and relaxed.

WHAT DO YOU DO TO IMPROVE BALANCE ON THE BOARD?

Before the gym I do half an hour with the fit [Swiss] ball. I stand on it and Blake throws a medicine ball over my head and side to side. It switches on your whole body. It’s great for balance and it replicates the kind of moves you have to make in the surf. To strengthen my core, I do cable-pull sit-ups holding onto a cable behind my head, and jack-knife sit-ups.

THE AERIAL MOVES YOU DO REQUIRE A LOT OF EXPLOSIVE POWER.

I do two explosive gym sessions with low reps and heavy weights. I don’t have to lift much – it’s about generating power out of nothing so that I can do airs [aerial manoeuvres] and turns without problems. I’ll do cleans and clean and presses with 60-80kg. Being 191cm tall, I don’t have to stretch as much, but I have to work on my strength to be able to control my limbs.

GIVE US YOUR TOP TIP FOR PULLING OFF THAT SLOB AIR GRAB THAT YOU BEAT KELLY SLATER WITH.

Gather a lot of speed, which will allow you to stay over the top of the board. Then, when you’re in the air, don’t push the board away, as you want to have a platform to land on.

HOW MUCH OF AN EDGE DOES BEING SUPER-FIT GIVE YOU?

For me, fitness really pumps up the mental side. At Teahupoo [in Tahiti], you can have these long, challenging waves and I know I can get through them because I’m fit – it gives me confidence. I know I can catch non-stop waves if I have to, or handle a wipe-out. And paddling fitness means I can get into the wave quicker. I’d say fitness adds a 20per cent benefit to my performance.

LAST YEAR YOU SWITCHED TO ORGANIC FOOD. WHAT HAVE BEEN THE BENEFITS?

I feel much more energised, but I really had to sort out my cooking, which is pretty hard for a 22-year-old guy. Now I find it fun. My best dish is chicken pesto pasta with avocados and olives.

My breakfasts tend to be light – oats and fruit – and I’ll have meat every lunch and dinner, which I balance with lots of carbs and vegies. My trainer constantly monitors what I eat and helps me organise my diet.

WHAT’S YOUR ROUTINE BEFORE HITTING THE WATER TO COMPETE?

“I’ll get warm with five minutes on a bike – 30 seconds fast, 30 seconds relaxed – and follow that with explosive jumps and continuous low squat jumps. On the bike I’ll have my iPod on and listen to anything from Florence and the Machine to Grinspoon – that helps block out the sound of the competition. Then I’ll do a lot of deep breathing to bring down my heart rate. I follow that with positive self-talk: going over my strong points and how I’m going to attack the waves.

WHO DO YOU HANG WITH ON TOUR?

Mainly the guys in the Rip Curl team, such as Kai Otton, who’s also from the South Coast.

I’ve known Matt Wilkinson since I was 10 – we travel together – and then there’s Brazilian Gabriel Medina. Everyone’s very professional these days, but whatever city we’re in we’ll make sure we sightsee and do fun stuff such as bungee jumping.

WHAT’S THE BIGGEST DRAG ABOUT BEING ON THE ROAD?

Checking in your luggage. Seriously. You have so much gear to take and you’e always worried about how much the airline is going to charge for going over the weight limit.

IN 2010, YOU CAME EIGHTH, IN 2011 THIRD AND IN 2012 10TH. HOW DO YOU RATE YOUR PROGRESS?

It’s all about getting experience and ironing out little mistakes. In the first year I was trying not to drop off the tour, and finishing third in my second year was great. In 2012 it came down to injuries and Mother Nature not being on my side – sometimes the waves you want aren’t there.

At somewhere like Santa Cruz, it was hard to work out how and where the waves were forming. What I have to do is go bigger and harder in the first wave, and not let guys have the waves I don’t believe have potential.

With the air manoeuvres we can do now, every wave has potential.

KELLY SLATER WAS ONE OF YOUR HEROES AS A KID. WHAT’S IT BEEN LIKE MEETING AND BEATING HIM?

He’s dominated for so long, but he is a great guy and very friendly. I have to say he’s really lived up to everything I thought he would be.

WHAT OTHER SPORTS DO YOU PLAY?

Touch footy, tennis and beach cricket. I like [Aussie Test captain] Michael Clarke – he carries himself well and is very professional.

When I was younger I was into ironman racing – I used to compete with Ali Day [2012 Coolangatta Gold winner]. It was something I could have gone on with – but not to the same level.

BLOODIEST INJURY?

In 2011 at Desert Point, on Lombok in Indonesia, I stayed on a barrel too long and went head-first into the rocks.

There was blood all over my board and I could stick my fingers inside my head. When I looked in the mirror it was, like, “Holy shit!” I went to a hospital to get it stitched up – I wanted to surf the next day – but the needles were rusty and dripping with blood and there was a risk of getting staph [staphylococcal infection].

I eventually got it done, but it started to swell and had to be drained. Now I’ve got a good Harry Potter scar.

WHAT’S BEEN YOUR WORST WIPEOUT?

I’ve been scorpioned twice in 6-8ft surf. It’s when you dive under a big wave and the lip lands in the middle of your back and whips your legs over your head.

You get stuck in it and there’s nothing you can do.

I got micro-tears through my abdominals and an inflamed disc in my back. It took three weeks to recover.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE BREAK?

Aussie Pipe on the South Coast. I have a lot of good memories of surfing with mates, and it breaks left and right – a goofy footer’s dream.

WHAT’S THE BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU’VE EVER RECEIVED?

My former team manager, Gary Dunne, said to listen to your body. If I’m tired or injured, I won’t surf – I never come back too early.

WHAT DO YOU PLAN TO DO WHEN YOU RETIRE FROM THE TOUR?

I’d like to coach – and I’d like to help my brother, Mikey, who is 16, and share my knowledge with him. I’d like to give back to the grommets.

This is an edited article featuring Wollongong surfer Owen Wright that appears in the current edition of Australian Men’s Fitness Magazine.

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Bellamy tight-lipped over contract decision

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Craig Bellamy has refused to discuss his future with the Melbourne Storm. Picture: MICK TSIKASCraig Bellamy has refused to give any guarantees about his future as Melbourne coach, with the NRL premiership-winning mentor strongly tipped to take over as St George Illawarra coach next season.
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Bellamy and current Dragons coach Steve Price were both present at yesterday’s meeting with newly-appointed referees boss Daniel Anderson at Rugby League Central, but left the building separately.

Price refused to talk to the waiting media and Bellamy reluctantly reiterated his intention to make a decision on his future before the Storm travel to England to take part in the World Club Challenge against Leeds next month.

‘‘I hope to have something to say then,’’ Bellamy said. ‘‘I still have a few decisions to make before I decide.’’

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Bellamy refused to comment on if he felt awkward being in the same room as Price, also off-contract and under pressure after failing to take the Dragons to the finals last season in his first year in charge.

However, he said speculation that Storm skipper Cameron Smith could one day take over as captain-coach of the Storm was wide of the mark.

‘‘No, I don’t think he can do that, it would be too hard,’’ he said.

Smith, who has only just returned to training following a heavy workload in 2012, joked that his teammates would like him to be given the role, but said the demands of the current game wouldn’t allow for it.

‘‘All the boys are on to Bellyache [Bellamy] about moving on and making me captain-coach and make training a bit easier,’’ the Queensland and Australia skipper said yesterday.

‘‘But if we’re all honest with each other… you can’t have a captain-coach. I see how many hours he puts into his work.

‘‘Being captain of this club and captaining two other sides, I don’t think it is humanly possible.

‘‘It would put a lot of stress on my family and I don’t want that to happen.’’

Despite being one of his closest confidants, Smith said he had no idea if Bellamy would stay with the club he joined in 2003.

‘‘I have no gut feeling at all. I’d like to see him stay, I spoke to his son earlier and he has no idea either.

‘‘But if he does decide to move on then good luck to him.’’

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Shattered Stosur knocked out of Open

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A brutallyhonest Samantha Stosur confessed to a mental meltdown after suffering yet more Australian Open heartache at Melbourne Park.
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In a dramatic and devastating collapse, Stosur capitulated from 5-2 up in the deciding set to crash out of the Open with a 6-4 1-6 7-5 loss to China’s former semi-finalist Zheng Jie yesterday.

The shattering defeat continued Stosur’s nightmare run at her home grand slam, the 2011 US Open champion having never progressed beyond the fourth round in 11 visits to Melbourne.

After battling back from a set down to seize control of the second-round contest, Stosur committed tennis suicide, ultimately falling on her sword with her ninth double fault after two hours and 42 tension-filled minutes.

‘‘At 5-2 up in the third, [with a] double break, probably is a bit of a choke, yeah,’’ Stosur said.

Stosur readily admitted to freezing under the weight of home pressure in her first-round loss last year to Sorana Cirstea, but felt she was managing her nerves better this summer.

Alas, the 28-year-old conceded her latest collapse was ‘‘100per cent’’ mental.

‘‘I got tight and then you start missing some balls,’’ she said.

‘‘You probably think a little bit too much. You do it over and over and over again and then you start not wanting to miss rather than wanting to make the winner.’’

Stosur said ‘‘crazy things’’ first started popping into her head when she failed to serve out the match on her first chance at 5-2.

From there, the 28-year-old was unable to recover as Zheng for the second time in a week fought back to defeat the Australian in three sets.

‘‘It’s a pretty hard one to take when you get yourself well and truly into a winning position,’’ Stosur said.

‘‘I was playing really quite well. Then all of a sudden you get to 5-2 and you lose five games straight.

‘‘I’ll do what I always do and keep playing and keep trying hard. I mean, I know I’m going to get over it. It’s just you want it now, not tomorrow.’’

Zheng, also a former Wimbledon semi-finalist, said Stosur was playing much better than in their Sydney clash last Monday.

But the world No40 knew she could beat Stosur if she stayed with her.

‘‘Her kick serve and the big forehand, also backhand slice gave me the big trouble,’’ Zheng said.

‘‘But today I try to play more aggressive. I try to go to the net, give her some pressure.

‘‘This is what my coaches tell me – give her some pressure – and this way is the key to win this match.’’

Despite reigning supreme in New York 16 months ago and reaching a French Open final and three semis in Paris, Stosur has faltered in the early rounds nine times in Melbourne.

Her exit completes Australia’s worst-ever showing in the women’s singles, with the world No 9 the only local to make the second round.

Bernard Tomic, who plays German qualifier Daniel Brands today for a likely shot at Roger Federer, and fellow 20-year-old James Duckworth, up against world No93 Blaz Kavcic, are the only Australians left after 16 started on Monday.

Russian powerhouse Maria Sharapova has made the most devastating start to a grand slam in 28 years.

The second seed stormed into the third round of the Australian Open, notching her second consecutive double bagel result.

She crushed Japan’s Misaki Doi 6-0 6-0 to send out a grim warning to her rivals.

The former champion won her first round match against compatriot Olga Puchkova by the same scoreline.

It is the first time a player has started a women’s grand slam without conceding a game in their first two matches since Australia’s Wendy Turnbull at the Australian Open in 1985.

Sharapova took just 47 minutes to complete her rout yesterday.

She never faced a game point or a break point from the Japanese, who was allowed just 15 points in total.

Sharapova said later she had to concentrate intensely even though she was cruising through the match.

‘‘I’ve been playing really aggressively and doing the right things,’’ she said.

‘‘But it’s always tough, especially when you’re up a set and a couple of breaks to keep that momentum.

‘‘I really forced myself to concentrate and just get the job done today.’’

She said she was never tempted to ease up the pressure, despite building a massive lead.

‘‘My focus is always on the next point and to try to win as many of them as possible.’’

Sharapova said the scoreline was irrelevant.

‘‘It’s not really the statistic I want to be known for. I want to be known for winning grand slam titles, not that I won two matches 6-0 6-0,’’ she said.

‘‘I’m just happy that I won the match and I get to go through and I’m in the next round.’’

Sharapova joined a group of seeds in the third round, led by in-form Pole Agnieszka Radwanska who defeated Romanian Irina-Camelia Begu 6-3 6-3.

Sixth seed Li Na overcame Belarusian Olga Govortsova 6-2 7-5 while fifth seeded German Angelique Kerber cruised past Czech Lucie Hradecka 6-3 6-1.

Slovak Dominika Cibulkova, seeded 15, was upset by Russian qualifier Valeria Savinykh 7-6 (8-6) 6-4.

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Samantha Stosur in action against Jie Zheng at Rod Laver Arena. Picture: JOE ARMAO

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