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  1. World titles set for Hawkesbury River

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    August 21, 2019 by admin

    THE Hawkesbury River is the stage for many great boat races but in May a world championship event will be seen at Windsor Marine Stadium.
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    Fastwater Promotions will host a world championship race in the unlimited displacements and six-litre displacements along with an Asia-Pacific SST120s championship.

    The event was passed by council late last year and will take place on May 18 and 19.

    Race director Tony Walsh said the event will be unique to the Hawkesbury.

    “It will be a different atmosphere because a lot is on the line – they’re racing for world championships,” Walsh said. “Everyone wants to be number one in the world and there’s plenty of preparation that goes into it.

    “They go at 260km/h and are tough to drive and expensive to maintain.”

    The weekend will feature plenty of racing and Council voted unanimously in favour of giving the event exclusive access to Governor Phillip Reserve for the two days.

    “This event is a world championship, international event and it’s a one off event,” councillor Porter said. “I think we should be supporting it, especially in terms of boosting tourism and the economy in the Hawkesbury.”

    Councillor Christine Paine was also in support and couldn’t wait for the event to arrive in Windsor.

    “I support this event if it’s anything like the Bridge to Bridge ski race we had here recently,” Cr Paine said.

    “I was gobsmacked and had goosebumps watching the event at Governor Phillip Reserve and seeing how well it was organised.’’

    The event will be a great advertisement for the Hawkesbury, with fans from around the world tuning in to watch the racing.

    “We’ve got international teams coming and a world-wide audience of about 300m people,” Walsh said.

    “Windsor is a good stadium-type course and the crowd will be close to the action. They will feel a part of it.”

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  2. Tears and triumph as Daley honoured

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    August 21, 2019 by admin

    IN 1975, Laurie Daley stepped onto Willow Park as a junior Junee Diesel, last Friday, he walked onto the ground having captained the nation’s team, the state team and as a member of the 1986 premiership winning Diesels.
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    An official ceremony marked the renaming of Willow Park to Laurie Daley Oval.

    PICTURES AND VIDEO: Laurie Daley Oval opening

    “It’s just a great honour and a tremendous feeling given that you don’t play footy for these things and you don’t expect these type of honours,” Daley said.

    “When they told me it was going to be done, I thought ‘that would be great’ but I don’t think it hit me until today, I was overwhelmed with emotions I think.”

    Moved to tears by the honour, Daley signed autographs and greeted supporters with a huge smile on the very ground where he fell in love with rugby league.

    It was the perfect 70th birthday celebration for Frances Daley, as Junee honoured her only boy as the town’s favourite son.

    Growing up with seven older sisters, Daley learnt a thing or two about remembering his humble roots in Junee and the proud mother of eight admitted how important it was her son had stayed so grounded despite his success.

    “It was lovely, so emotional, so beautiful,” she said. “But, he has seven sisters and I’m proud of them all the same.

    “I don’t like to single any one of them out for their achievements.

    “They kept him in line when he was growing up – that’s for sure.”

    In front of hundreds of supporters and well-wishers, NSW Rugby League chief Geoff Carr described Daley as a “tremendous sportsperson” and credited his humble attitude to growing up in Junee.

    One of Daley’s first coaches, Terry Sykes, said it was a “magic day”.

    Sykes, who spearheaded a renewed push with Terry Seton to rename Willow Park, said he was glad the oval now bore Laurie’s name.

    Last Friday also marked the official opening of the new broadcast box and canteen.

    Daley said he hoped the refurbished grounds would go a long way to inspiring the next generation of rugby league stars to sprout in Junee.

    “I know there’s young players like I used to be out there, with dreams like I did to play for the Diesels, and then go on to the NRL and play for NSW and Australia,” he said.

    “I’ll be the first one to congratulate that kid.

    Laurie Daley and his mother Frances look out over the field named after one of Junee’s most famous exports. Picture: Oscar Colman

    “I was lucky enough to do what I was able to do, I hope this ground gives kids some hope that it doesn’t matter if you come from a country town, you can achieve anything.”

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  3. Ned Kelly to be laid to rest

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    August 21, 2019 by admin

    Source: The Border Mail
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    Ned Kelly’s burial next to his mother on Sunday is expected to be painful for many of his descendants.

    Just over 132 years after his death, Kelly will finally have his wish granted to be buried in consecrated ground alongside family in the small town of Greta, in northern Victoria.

    This will follow a full requiem Mass for Kelly in Wangaratta tomorrow.

    Kelly’s grave, like that of his mother, Ellen, won’t be marked.

    The family is acutely aware of the public interest but yesterday made several pleas for privacy.

    “We don’t want it to become a circus — it is a private family burial,” said Joanne Griffiths, the great-granddaughter of Kelly’s sister Grace.

    “There’s a lot of pain involved, particularly for the elders of the family.

    “These are people who have kept quiet for generations.”

    Kelly’s burial became possible after his remains — minus his still missing skull — were positively identified two years ago.

    His skeleton was unearthed in 2009 at the old Pentridge Prison site, where it had laid undisturbed since being re-buried there 80 years earlier.

    Kelly had been buried at the Old Melbourne Jail after his execution on November 11, 1880.

    The identity of his skeleton was confirmed after DNA extracted from the bone was matched to mitochrondrial DNA from the blood of Melbourne art teacher Leigh Olver, a direct descendant.

    Damage to the skeleton also matched injuries Kelly suffered during his capture at Glenrowan.

    Hundreds of relatives — including at least 200 from three direct lines of Kelly’s parents, John “Red” Kelly and Ellen Kelly — are expected to attend the service and burial.

    The service will be held at St Patrick’s Church and is expected to begin about midday.

    “Our wishes are that it is private, it is for family,” Ms Griffiths said.

    “But of course with churches you don’t usually shut doors, certainly not in the heat.”

    A statement released by the family yesterday drew attention to a letter dictated by Kelly — he couldn’t write because of a gunshot wound to his right hand — the day before he was hanged.

    In his letter to the governor he asked for his mother to be released from jail before he died, then pleaded to be granted permission “for my friends to have my body that they might bury it in consecrated ground”.

    Kelly’s request was refused.

    The family decided to hold the service and burial on separate days in the hope that the latter, at the very least, would be accorded greater privacy.

    “Obviously it is a family member we are burying here, someone who was loved,” Ms Griffiths said.

    “We want to give him the most respectful and dignified mass and burial we possibly can — that’s what any person would want for their family member.”


  4. End of the line for family’s rail bond

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    August 21, 2019 by admin

    WHEN Keith Jenkins retired at the end of last year it closed the book on more than 150 years on the railway by the Jenkins family.
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    Keith and his four brothers – Robert, Barry, Raymond and Henry – all worked for State Rail and later Pacific National, all beginning their careers in Junee.

    The last of his brothers to retire, Keith finishes after more than 42 years.

    None of the Jenkins brothers have less than 15 years service with State Rail, each playing their parts as drivers, firemen, roster clerks and call-boys.

    “It’s not a bad effort for one family,” Keith said.

    Originally working on a farm, Keith joined the national service in 1968 and trained to drive armoured personnel carriers with the Army’s Second Calvary Regiment in Sydney.

    When he completed his time in the national service, Keith returned to Junee.

    “When I came out of the army I wanted to go back on the land, but because of the drought there was no work,” he said.

    Joining State Rail at the Roundhouse, Keith slowly worked his way through the ranks over 14 years to become a locomotive driver.

    Over the years he did every job from preparing trains to fueling locomotives to eventually becoming a co-driver or fireman, and finally becoming a driver.

    “My favourite part of it was as long as you did your job properly, you didn’t have anyone breathing down your neck,” Keith said.

    Keith said he loved the job which had him travelling the Riverina countryside and wasn’t cooped up inside an office or building.

    “I tried being an apprentice baker, but I slept in too much,” he joked.

    Always more comfortable in freight trains, Keith also drove the Southern Aurora and Spirit of Progress and has travelled along almost every branch line in the Riverina.

    In control of more than 1.5 kilometres of metal, he said knowledge of the railroad was the key part of the job – especially when it came to stopping.

    “It takes two kilometres to pull a 1500-metre train up … you’ve got to know your route,” he said.

    After 18 years as a driver, Keith has helped train many younger drivers in learning the “road” and said instead of the 14 years it took for him to become a driver, it was now only two years.

    Working full-time since he was 15, Keith now has plans to enjoy his retirement catching fish, working on his house and growing bearded irises.

    Keith Jenkins is the last of his four brothers to retire after collectively working for 150 years on the railway. Picture: Declan Rurenga INSET: (From left) Barry, Raymond, Henry, Keith and Robert Jenkins outside their home in 1965.

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  5. Halal housing touted for Riverstone

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    August 21, 2019 by admin

    WHILE Hawkesbury residents last week received a letterbox drop protesting against a 10,000 plot Muslim cemetery proposal in Blaxlands Ridge, residents of Riverstone are facing their own controversy surrounding a Halal housing project in the heart of the close knit community.
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    Qartaba Homes has announced subdivision plans to build 150 residential lots in Riverstone and 30 in Schofields, despite the fact plans are yet to be lodged with Blacktown City Council.

    The company promotes the land to be 100 per cent Halal housing, which offers interest-free lending for interested buyers from any faith or denomination.

    However there are claims that almost all the land has been booked by interested buyers already.

    The interest-free offer means Islamic buyers avoid ‘‘riba’’ or debt with interest, which is against Islamic law.

    Member for Riverstone Kevin Conolly said he felt concern on the matter was premature with Blacktown Council yet to receive a development application.

    However he did say he would only support a development that was made available to an entire population.

    “We all know that right through Riverstone there will be new developments, new subdivisions and housing, and most people within the community are looking forward to that,” Mr Conolly said.

    “If this application is in fact lodged with Council it will have to meet stringent planning requirements and laws, there is no doubt about that.

    “I do however believe this kind of development would need to be available to the whole population, not just some and not others.

    “Qartaba Homes said they do in fact plan on making the land available to anyone, so if they keep their word I can’t see any concern with the development.

    Residents around Blaxlands Ridge received a letterbox drop urging them to send submissions to Hawkesbury Council regarding an application for a 10,000 plot Muslim cemetery in Packer Road.

    The flyer reminds residents the period for public comment had been extended to January 25.

    The unnamed publishers of the flyer “strongly oppose” the application for various reasons including that the site is a sandstone region; water runoff will affect wildlife and the fact the proposal was opposite Wollemi National Park.

    Qartaba Homes has annuonced subdivision plans to build 150 residential lots in Riverstone and 30 in Schofields.

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