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Choir sings its heart out

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Tight-knit: Some of the members of Pacific Harmony with Santa backstage at their first performance at the 2013 Newcastle Permanent Carols by Candlelight.PACIFIC Harmony is a far cry from your ordinary choir.

“We’re a powerhouse gospel choir,” conductor and coach Komiti Time said.

Blending smooth island grooves from the Pacific Islands with warm harmonies from the heart of Africa, the choir’s 13 members come from far and wide.

Their roots include the Torres Strait Islands, Samoa, Tonga, Indonesia, the Philippines and Zimbabwe.

The choir’s members are all friends and family, which Mr Time said made the group tight-knit.

The Newcastle-based choir formed about four years ago in a garage, and has since exploded onto the city’s music scene.

Most of themembers play in other bands on the weekends, and come together as Pacific Harmony to performat pubs and clubs, weddings and charity gigs across Newcastle and Lake Macquarie.

All have a musical background, having grown up around music in church.

Mr Time was the driving force in assembling the choir.

“I got the best of the best together and away we went,” he said.

Mr Time, who is one third of trio Tre Soul, teaches all areas of the choir –the altos, sopranos, bassists and tenors –and works with the lead vocalists.

The choir gathers at least once a week, sometimes more if they have an upcoming gig, at NewcastlePresbyterian Churchin Lambton.

At the moment they are working hard on their set for the 2015 Newcastle Permanent Carols by Candlelight at Speers Point Park on December 13.

It will be the choir’s third carols performance, having debuted in 2012 –the group’sfirst major gig.

“It was amazing that year,” Mr Time said.

“The atmosphere was electric. It was packed –just a sea of people. You couldn’t see the grass.

“[The choir] had so much fun.”

They are back this year to perform classic Christmas carols with a twist.

The choir will perform First Noel with an R’n’B feel; Away in a Manger, backed by powerful vocals; and the Mariah Carey version ofO Holy Night, among others.

“It’s all the carols you would expect to hear, but with a Pacific Islander twist,” Mr Time said.

Pacific Harmony will be performing in the afternoon to late evening as part of this year’s bumper entertainment lineup.

There will be entertainment on stage from 1.30pm and plenty to keep the kids amused, including free face painting and activities as well as Frozen on the big screen.

Sarah De Bono andMorgan Evans will headline the evening concert from 6.30pm.

Lake Macquarie City Council presents Newcastle PermanentCarolsby Candlelight, Sunday, December 13, noon to 9pm at Speers Point Park.This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Top quality hay a surprise

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Rupanyup farmer and Grains Producer Australia’s Andrew Weidemann

WITH near perfect harvesting conditions for most of this week, we will see harvest finished on the Weidemann farm.

For the second time in the past two harvests, we have again finished inside November.

Although with plenty of hay making as wellover the past sevenweeks, it seems like a long harvest.

Amazingly the amount of grain we have been lucky enough to harvest was much better than we had thought possible, given the extreme final temperatures in September and early October.

The hay quality has been at the high end with some cereal hay producing better than 14 per centprotein, which I personally didn’t think possible in cereal hay until now.

The vetch hay has also been of very good quality and with greater than 20 per centprotein it was easily sold into the feed market.

The dry conditions have accelerated the need for feed across a fair amount of Victoria, which will consume a large amount of hay and grain over the next few months.

This will keep the pressure on the upside for feed grain and hay.

Once harvest is complete we will be shearing lambs to put out onto the stubbles for feed.

One of the challenges in 2016 will be the crop choice.

This season has seen a massive increase in pulse values on the back of a very big demand in India, which is currently driving prices to levels seen very rarely in the Wimmera over the past decade.

Market intelligence will be crucial in trying to understand what this market mightlook like at the end of 2016 and will influence the amount of pulse planted in 2016 in my opinion.

Onthe farm continues to be busy with my role at Grain Producers Australia looking at new regulations and policy around ag chemicals and multi-peril crop insurance.

This has been in the spotlight for some time and will certainly be a strong topic in 2016 as we start to see more companies offering various types of income protection products to farmers more broadly.

Here’s hoping 2016 is a wet year as we look to put a dusty 2015 to bed in just overa months’ time from now.

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Letters to the editor

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BURNING ISSUE: Angst over the future-defining Murray-Darling Basin Plan continues to smoulder across local irrigation communities.Name and shame cuplritsTHE people who trashed the woman’s house at Turvey Park recently should have their names and photos printed in your paper.

Name and shame them.

E PattersonGerringongTime to take stockWAGGACity Council must tighten its belt and put on hold all projects that cannot be afforded, and these include the Riverina Intermodal Freight and Logistics (RiFL) Hub, equine projects, Bolton Street sports complex, Lake Albert and the community art projects.I attended the levee community forum last week and council should take out a loan to pay for it and not subject the residents and ratepayers toa special rate variation.

Jeff StienWaggaThe halal conspiracyMY LETTER last week was censored and this removed a very relevant fact.

Halal certification that is attached to a huge percentage of our food attracts a “Muslim tax” .

Wages are paid to Muslims so we can slaughter stock in a particular way so they can eat the meat.

Huge sums of money are paid from many food processors to make our perfectly good food Muslim-friendly.

Now I think that’s bad enough, but this money is used to build mosques and Muslim schools that unashamedly discriminate against Australian Christian kids.

Our kids will never be able to attend theseschools and we all know that if we built schools that Muslims couldn’t attend, we would find ourselves in huge trouble and called racist to boot.

Anton HutchinsonTarcuttaStand up for futureHOW many politicians have been listening to some of the dialogue surrounding senate hearings into the Murray-Darling Basin Plan, which are presently underway?

The plan is being described as a national disaster, as well as a crisis that is crippling communities, breaking up families and destroying businesses.

A small group of senators attending the hearings are sympathetic to the plight of these communities.

However, if we are to achieve the change that we need, many more politicians must start sitting up and taking notice.

We have communities and food producers in despair as millions of litres of water are sent out to sea, yet scientists are unable to demonstrate the environmental benefit.

In the interest of our future generations who expect us to leave a legacy of food security, I appeal to all politicians to take heed of the crisis we have created with knee-jerk reactions to the millennium drought.

Let’s do something about it before food producers and the communities which rely on them are destroyed.

Karen MacdonaldBlightyWe mustthink of othersTHIS year as we finish our Christmas shopping, please spare a thought for others.

Once you’ve bought a Kris Kringle for a workmate, a quirky gift for your brother-in-law or any of the presents you need for family and friends, consider one more gift for someone who really needs it.

One more gift to Red Cross will help ensure an older or isolated person gets a phone call every day to check they’re OK, clean water for a young child in a remote village in Myanmar, or a shower and a meal for a teenager sleeping rough.

This Christmas I urge everyone to consider making one more gift to Red Cross by calling 1800 811 700.

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Yerong Creek the superior bowlers

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IN THElast Odewahn Shield game for the year Lockhart was soundly beaten by a superior Yerong Creek team, loosingtwo rinks to one.

Scores were not available but by all reports the day was played in a very friendly manner.Congratulations Yerong Creek Connection.

On Sunday, Peter Jenkinson, Max Montgomery, Brian Blake and Barry Love travelled to Junee to play in the Junee Annual Fours Competition.

Lockhart unfortunately got pipped at the post finishing as runners-up on the day.

Lockhart Bowling Club presentation day will be held on Sunday, November 29with bowls at 2pm.

Names must be in before Sunday.This will be followed by tea and presentation of awards.

Members are reminded that the greens will be going out on November 30 for maintenance.

Everyone is urged to watch the club notice board for the upcoming Christmas party.

Patrons and members are thanked for their continuing support and we wish one and all a very happy festive season.

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Picture purrfect for festive season

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Christmas is just around the corner. Capture the season with a pet Santa photo this weekend and help the Eurobodalla branch of the RSPCA at the same time.

Dress up in your festive outfits, put a Santa hat on your furry friend and head into Batemans Bay on Saturday for Christmas pet photos.

The photo day will be held at Petstock Batemans Bay on November 28 from 10am to 2pm. It is $5 per booking, withall money going tothe Eurobodalla RSPCA.

“The money will help us help local animals in need,” Eurobodalla RSPCA president Megan Garrett said.

“Children can also be in the photo, so dress up, bring your camera along or if you don’t have a camera let us take the pic for you and come and say hi to Santa this Saturday, it is always lots of fun.”

To book, call Petstockon 4472 8011.

The RSPCAis seekingtowels.

“Withkitten season here and many animals coming intocareover the Christmas period,we are inneed of extras,” Ms Garrett said.

If you have towels you would like to donate, call Megan on 0429 488 200.

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Hole-in-one Peter Willcox, Ernie Whitehead, Dean West and David McCleish.

Stephen Piddington, Denevan Schulz, Dylan Pool, and Waughn Saunders.

Michael O’Toole and Tom Edwards.

Graham Pfeiffe, Phil Collins, Waide Harris and Mark Collins.

Ray Mildren and John Ervine.

Mick Last, Mark Leman and John Walpole.

Bruce Grant, David Bowring and Neville Farrugia.

Alex Beggs, James Paton and Nick Fraser.

THREESOME: Stevenson, Laurie Farugia and Nick Georgiou at the Cameron Thompson Memorial Golf tournament. Pictures: ELENOR TEDENBORG

Andrew Harper, Bruce Walpole, John Roberts and Xavier Trollope.

David Guy, Stephen Hudson, Gary Burton and Rodd Harding.

TweetFacebookThe Border Mail.”

“The scholarship will have a huge influence on my career and I would like to thank everyone involved in the day,” said Ms Day.

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Veteran served as mechanic

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Geoff Kohler was undertaking his motor mechanic apprentice when he was conscripted into the army in 1968.

After his initial training at Puckapunyal for three months, Mr Kohler was then posted to Warradale in Adelaide for nine months.

He was then sent to Vietnam where he spent the next 206 days attached to the 102 field Workshop RAEME.

Mr Kohler felt he was very lucky to continue as a motor mechanic.

Whilst in Vietnam, other than the war conditions, he remembers loading the HMAS Sydney in Australia and also unloading the same ship in Vietnam.

He met Roger Soar, a fellow conscript, and Colleen Mealy, an Army Nursing Officer, both from Port Augusta.

After returning to Australia, Mr Kohler returned to Woodforde Motors which he eventually owned.The RSL at that time was not very welcoming to Vietnam vets so he did not join until his son, Adam, started playing darts and pool at the club.

Over the years Mr Kohler has been president (2001 to 2005) and since then senior vice president often presiding over commemorative services, taking school groups through the museum and other official duties.

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Back in the black

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AFTER almost coming close to having to shut its doors, the Leeton Soldiers Club has achieved a significant turnaround.

It has been about two-and-a-half years since the club was placed into voluntary administration, but the business is showing promising signs for the future.

For the 2014-15 financial year, the club posted a financial trading profit of $87,714.

It is the first time in many years the club has recorded a profit after many years of being deeply in the red.

Early next year the club will be required to finalise all of its payments to creditors under its deed of company arrangement (DOCA).

This final action will have seen the club “retire” about $1.3 million in debts over a three-year period.

Once this occurs, the club will no longer be in voluntary administration.

Club secretary-manager Adam McIntyre said the road ahead was still long, but it was pleasing to report on a positive year.

“It’s been a hard slog, but the light is at the end of the tunnel,” he said.“We definitely want to thank the community and our members for all of theirsupport.

“Without them we definitely would have had to close our doors back in 2012.Once again our board has been instrumental in delivering this financial result.

“(Their) patience, desire and skill has helped us continue on our path in becoming a sustainable and commercially-viable business in the future, while still embracing and supporting our community as strongly as in the past.”

During the year, the club’s directors have also created a five-years strategic plan that addresses the areas of finance, operations, marketing, staff, governance, security, food and beverage and future investment.

Mr McIntyre said the club was well aware there were still many improvements to be made.

“We’re in an ageing building and where we can we will certainly be upgrading,” he said.

“Once we’re out of voluntary administration there will obviously be more freedom allowed to us, but we still need to be careful.”

In his annual report, board president Barry Greatz was also impressed with the result.

“The next 12 months will see some important strategic decisions being considered by (the) board,” Mr Greatz said. “This time next year will see us free of the burden of the DOCA and hopefully in a strong enough position to implement some of the targets in the strategic plan.”

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Arrests over machete incident in Sale

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FOUR people were arrested after police were called to a violent dispute between neighbours in Rossetti Court, Sale, just before midnight Thursday.

It was reported a man with a machete and a pole was assaulting people in the street.

When police arrived they found about 10 people in the street.

A 36-year-old man was taken to Sale hospital with non-life threatening injuries after allegedly being struck with a golf club.

A 47-year-old Sale man was interviewed and released on summons.

A 52-year-old Sale woman and a 33-year-old Sale man were charged with affray and other offences and bailed to appear at Sale Magistrates’ Court in February.

A 31-year-old male appeared before court on Friday and was granted bail.

Police would like to hear from anyone who can provide information in relation to this incident.

Phone the Sale police station on 5142 2200, Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or visit 梧桐夜网crimestoppers南京夜网419论坛.

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Deputy PM’s Sale port of call

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Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss looks over plans for the Port of Sale Cultural Hub with Gippsland South MLA Danny O’Brien, Wellington Shire councillor Carolyn Crossley, Gippsland MHR Darren Chester and Wellington Shire mayor Darren McCubbin.DEPUTYPrime Minister Warren Truss has taken a first-hand look at Sale’s new port precinct development.

Mr Truss made a visit to the Port of Sale precinct demolition site, during a tour of the electorate with Gippsland MHR Darren Chester on Wednesday afternoon.

The Australian government allocated $4.5 million under the National Stronger Regions Fund for the project, which has also received support from state government, Wellington Shire Council and John Leslie Foundation.

Mr Chester said the visit was a great opportunity for the Minister responsible for the stronger regions fund to see the work in progress.

“For too long the city of Sale has turned its back on its historic port and the Sale Cultural Hub development will become a new focal point for community life,” he said.

“The new precinct will provide a public space which will re-establish Sale’s links to its waterways and the wider Gippsland Lakes, which is something to be celebrated.

“Ultimately, the new precinct will provide better services for local residents and create new jobs.

“Wellington Shire councillors and staff have been fantastic advocates of the project and really led the way by bringing together funding from federal and state governments, and local community supporters.”

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Bah humbug, Christmas parade cancelled

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Cr Darren McCubbin presents St Pauls child worker Christine Morris, Mainly Music volunteer Judy Tulip and Sale Salvation Army captain David Ebsary with the prize for winner of the Sale Christmas Parade.CHRISTMAS won’t be coming to town this year, with Sale’s annual Christmas parade cancelled.

The sound you hear is the hearts of children (and some adults) breaking.

Longford Lions Club said it had regretfully cancelled this year’s Christmas parade and market because of a lack of funding and conflicts of interest of some people on the same day.

Wellington Shire mayor Darren McCubbin said council’s economic development events team had worked with Longford Lions Club in the hope the Christmas parade would go ahead.

“On Thursday council was advised that the Lions Club made the decision to cancel this year’s Christmas parade due to a lack of resources,” Mr McCubbin said.

“Council is disappointed the parade is not going ahead and looks forward to seeing a reinvigorated parade next year.”

But you better not pout and you better not cry, because Santa will still be writing replies to letters.

A post box for letters to Santa has been placed in the Longford Op Shop, 89 Macarthur St, Sale.

All letters will be answered.

Christmas carols will also be going ahead in Sale on December 15 from 7.30pm in the LEAF, Sale Botanic Gardens.

There will be a picnic in the park from 5.30pm.

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Mobile library service ends in February

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FROM February next year, Wellington Shire Council’s Mobile Library will be replaced with an outreach library service.

Council will work with local neighbourhood houses and schools to provide the service to Gormandale, Cowwarr, Briagolong, Golden Beach and Loch Sport.

Council sought alternatives to the Mobile Library as it was unwilling to pay $500,000 to replace the ageing vehicle.

Wellington Shire mayor Darren McCubbin said the former Mobile Library officer would be available to support community members in selecting their resources using computers and reading guides during operating hours.

“We’ll also still be providing personalised support for online education, recreational reading and information resources,” he said.

Requested books, DVDs, CDs and magazines will continue to be delivered weekly.

Patrons can still browse materials at branch libraries and can return resources via returns boxes located in each town.

“The outreach library service allows access to collect reservations and make returns outside the normal weekly visits when the neighbourhood houses or after hours school library are open,” Cr McCubbin said.

“By using these spaces, it also means that we have fantastic internet connectivity which will improve the reliability of computer services we provide.

“The new service will be much easier for people with mobility challenges to use, as all of the new chosen spaces are accessible for all abilities.”

At this time, there is no community facility available to house the service in Seaspray.

“We are really hoping that in the very near future a community space will become available so Seaspray residents can also use the new service,” Cr McCubbin said.

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Hurlstone Agricultural High School sale to fund new schools and more classrooms

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The sale of 140 hectares of agricultural lands at Glenfield’s Hurlstone Agricultural High School will go towards establishing new schools and expanding existing facilities.

More than $35 million will be provided to establish the new Hurlstone Agricultural High School at the University of Western Sydney’s Hawkesbury campus while more than $30 million be spent on a new education precinct at Glenfield.

The precinct would include an upgrade of the current Hurlstone Agricultural High School facilities (which will be renamed) and three schools for ‘‘specific purposes’’, as well as the reservation of land for a new primary school.

An extra 360 selective enrolment places will also available at the rebranded high school.

More than $100 million will be spent on 180 new classrooms and schools in south-west Sydney including: William Stimson Public School (Wetherill Park); Cecil Hills Public School; Prestons Public School; Oran Park and Gledswood Hills.

‘‘We will have five schools on that site so it makes sense to develop (housing) around it,’’ Education Minister Adrian Piccoli said.

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