December, 2018

Cricket: Central Highlands pathway players recognised

CENTRAL Highlands cricket region will honour its representative players at an annual cap presentation dinner at Midlands Golf Club on Wednesday night.
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Five of its six pathway teams will contest state championships later this month.

The new Cricket Willow United Kingdown Scholarship recipient will also be announced.

Each year the scholarship holder spends an English summer with Houghton Main Cricket Club in the South Yorkshire league.

Central Highlands pathway programs:

Under-18 boys: January 11-15

Under-16 boys: January 19-23

Under-14 boys: January 19-23

Under-14 girls: January 14-16

Under-16 girls: January 14-16

Under-18 girls: played in December

Regional squads:


Mathew North (St Andrew’s), Aaron Forward (Rupertswood), Ryan Baker (Gisborne), Mitchell Zakynthinos (North Ballarat), Ash McCafferty (North Ballarat), Rowan Stott (Romsey), Jakob Tidyman (North Ballarat), Blake Thomson (East Ballarat), Austen Prendergast (Wendouree), Tom Le Lievre (Wendouree), Jake Wilkie (Darley), Nicholas Strangio (Bacchus Marsh). Coach: Paull Jeffrey


Mitchell Lewis (Wallan), Tom Rogers (Gisborne), Zac Jenkins (Ballarat-Redan), Nicholas Stuhldreier (Bacchus Marsh), Sean Day (Romsey), Nathan Fowler (Wallan), Mitchell Bench (Colts-Phelans), Jack Cubley (Woodend), Dylan Landt (Sunbury), Jack Lalor (Bacchus Marsh), Matthew Milne (Romsey), Darby Semmens (Barkers Creek), Tom Millard (Derrinallum). Coach: Dan Schuppan


Ben Radford (Riddells Creek), Xavier Jenks (Bacchus Marsh), Joel Cadman (Darley), Joel Thornton (Ballarat-Redan), Harry Jones (Gisborne), Sam Ramsay (Gisborne), Hadley Bassett (Muckleford), Braden Spear (Gisborne), Riley Vernon (Gisborne), Matt Harris (Golden Point), Jack Riding (Ballarat-Redan), Jackson Perry (Golden Point), Sam Harris (Golden Point). Coach: Adrian Harris


Emily Consiglio (Lancefield), Brianna Woodburn (Lancefield), Jacinta Goodger-Chandler (East Ballarat), Samantha Stevenson (Woodend), Kate KIle (Maldon), Jordan Loughnane (Ballan), Choney Meemusour (Guildford), Laura Prendergast (Golden Point), Jess Mundy (Woodend), Bianca Mackay (Gisborne), Jordyn Pearson (Sunbury), Emma Lynch (East Ballarat), Tegan Jenkin (Golden Point). Coach:Nicole Martin


Natalie Svanosio (Golden Point) Jessica Dugdale-Walker (Woodend), Brianna Woodburn (Lancefield), Madeleine Ogilvie (Golden Point), Ciane Van Dyken (Golden Point), Isobel Hoye (Golden Point), Tayla Harris (Golden Point), Choney Meemusour (Guildford), Bianca Mackay (Gisborne), Georgia Kerr (Gisborne), Alana Roberts (Golden Point), Leah Hayes (Ballarat-Redan), Aynsley Darke (Golden Point). Coach: Lauren Marino


Rebecca Sinclair (Golden Point), Kayla Stuchbree (Chalambar), Sarah Phillips (Tatyoon), Tahleah Ticehurst (Golden Point), Sophie Dyer (Buangor), Imogen Barlow (Gisborne), Nia Bentley (Golden Point), Georgia Paton (Gisborne), Karly Griffiths (St Andrew’s), Ella Hayes (Barkers Creek), Bridie Semmens (Barkers Creek), Sian Mortlock (Laanecoorie-Dunolly), Bridget Barlow (Gisborne). Coach: Jessica Kile

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Glenwood heritage property recognised with UNESCO award

Piece of history: The heritage listed Exeter Farm is home for Kent and Ashlee Weir, baby Zara, aged three months and Tiger the dog. “It’s peaceful and in the middle of suburbia,” Mr Weir said. Picture: Geoff JonesEXETER Farm is one of Glenwood’s best kept secrets.
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Conservation work done to save the state heritage-listed property was recently recognised with the Award of Merit in the 2014 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation.

The second-highest honour given by the international cultural body was presented to Design 5 Architects, who co-ordinated the works.

Exeter Farm was built on land granted to Daniel Brien by Governor Lachlan Macquarie in 1821, and occupied by the family until 1923.

It’s the only surviving property of its kind in the Blacktown local government area, and consists of two rare and intact early 19th century timber slab cottages.

Exeter Farm was transferred to Sydney Living Museums in 2007.

Before conservation work began, the buildings were in disrepair, having been unoccupied for decades.

Works included major structural repairs, replastering, recladding, new floors, services and extensive landscaping, with all sound original material retained.

“The Endangered Houses Fund enables Sydney Living Museums to apply its expertise to save significant endangered buildings across NSW,” Sydney Living Museums director Mark Goggin said.

“Under the program, historically significant properties are conserved, protected and then offered back to the marketplace for the use and enjoyment of future generations.”

Riverstone MP Kevin Connelly with UNESCO’s Annmaree O’Keefe at the award-winning farmhouse in Glenwood. Picture: Geoff Jones

Kent and Ashlee Weir bought the property almost two years ago for $700,000.

“The award is a privilege because the house means a lot to us,” Mr Weir said.

“We love the place and for it to win an international award speaks for itself.”

The Weirs did some renovations and moved in last February.

“We love the open plan space and the heritage feel of the place,” Mr Weir said.

“All we had to do was put in a kitchen, laundry and ensuite and furnish it.

“There are lots of things that are really old about the place. We’ve always discovering something new about it.”

Exeter Farm has been quite a conversation topic with their friends.

“It’s not a house we’d sell in a hurry,” Mr Weir said. “It was been a blessing. When people don’t know the area come around for the first time, it’s not what they’re expecting.”

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COUNCIL BRIEFS: Update of Yass Park and Ride facility

Update of Yass Park and Ride facility
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Following completion of the Park & Ride Options Study, Council has successfully received a $330,000 grant from Transport for NSW to construct the park and ride bus facility in Lead Street Yass.

In preparation to undertake this project a review of the drainage infrastructure adjacent to the site indicates that an open drain is currently unstable and council agreed this issue needed to be addressed concurrently with the park and ride facility construction.

The council also recommended that the Ford Street (Yass River to Grampian St) stormwater drainage project be deferred and considered as part of the draft 2015/16 Operational Plan.

Water and Sewage

Council’s current strategic business plan for water supply and sewerage 2014 was adopted by council on the November 26 meeting.

It has been revised to incorporate Council’s current financial position and reflect council and community aspirations for water and sewerage infrastructure.

The plan identifies that the required infrastructure and services can be provided sustainably and identifies when specific projects are planned to be completed. It also shows a reduction in current water rates once Council’s current debt for the Yass Dam project is reduced, and a small increase in sewerage rates to cover the costs of the various new and upgraded infrastructure required to be provided.

Councillor Frost said that he does not want the plan to sit on the table for any longer.

“We want to keep it alive and get it going,” Cr Frost said.

Councillor Needham expressed his concerns over how it would affect the Greenfield Development if the developer wanted to put in a new subdivision.

Chris Berry assured councillors that there are systems in place to cater for these strategic plans.

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Quirindi Super 8s set for return in 2015

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Super 8s cricket returns to Quirindi this Australia Day long weekend as teams from around the district battle for prizemoney and bragging rights.

Super 8s spokesman Mark Burgess said players and spectators can expect “quality cricket” at a venue with a solid reputation for favourable play.

“That wicket has long been renown as one of the best in the district,” Burgess said.

“It offers a bit for both batsmen and bowlers.”

Play is modelled on similar short-form tournaments, with eight players per team in a round-robin format. All players bowl one over and bowl off a one-step run-up.

The Quirindi competition has seen something of a revival in recent times after a number of wash-outs in previous years.

Burgess said interest waned due to the wet weather cancellations but he’s optimistic the competition canreturn to the glory days when they fielded nearly 20 teams per tournament.

Last year it was junior side the Falcons which emerged victorious in the 14 over, eight team competition.

A charity barbecue is also slated for this year’s event withproceeds going to support the Westpac Rescue Helicopter.

Those interested in fielding a team in the two-day cricket competition (January 24-25) in Quirindi can contact Mark on 0428 294 513 to register.

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No agreement on mining

MORE than $50 million has been injected into the local economy by mining but royalties remain virtually non-existent.
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Of concern: Conservation groups are lobbying to protect water catchments, like the area around Cataract Dam, from mining.

Local residents are up in arms as mining creeps closer to their homes, but a major development remains in limbo due to concerns suburbia would encroach on the mines. Love it or hate it: every Wollondilly resident has an opinion on local mining.

NSW Minerals Council chief executive Stephen Galilee said the latest expenditure survey showed $50.1 million had been spent on goods and services in Wollondilly in 2013-2014.

“The survey … demonstrates the scale of mining’s contribution to western Sydney and the importance of mining to the broader NSW economy,” he said.

The figures are of little comfort to mayor Col Mitchell, who said residents and the area were not being fairly compensated.

Cr Mitchell, the former Association of Mining Related Councils chairman, said $90 million in mining royalties went to the NSW government recently as a result of minerals being extracted from the local area — but the council did not receive a piece of the pie.

“We are not getting anything and haven’t in any way received royalties,” he said.

Late last year about 20 local residents took Wollondilly MP Jai Rowell on a tour of Eliza Creek in Pheasants Nest.

The permanently flowing waterway, they said, would cease to run should Tahmoor Coal be given approval to mine under the creek as part of the company’s South Tahmoor proposal.

A company spokesman said “planning for this proposed project is in its earliest stages”.

In the eastern sector of the shire, Wilton Junction — a development that would result in an extra 11,000 to 13,000 homes and 30,000 to 35,000 residents — remains on hold.

In August 2013, the state government decided to put the western side of the proposal on ice after coexistence concerns regarding future residents and current mining leases were raised.

However a week later it softened its stance and announced an independent study into coexistence would be commissioned as part of the development’s rezoning application. Those studies were complete mid-2014.

A decision from the department is still yet to made but will be announced after the public exhibition period. Council has repeatedly said it will only support the proposal in its entirety.

Conservation groups have also continued to lobby for a ban on mining in Sydney’s drinking water catchments.

The government’s Gas Plan — released in response to the NSW chief scientist’s report into coal seam gas — did not specifically mention protection of the catchments.

Mr Rowell said the plan would “not allow anything to affect us out here especially in the [water catchment] special areas”.

The Independent Expert Scientific Committee also found Wollongong Coal’s proposal to extend its Russell Vale longwall mining licence could have “irreversible impacts” on the drinking water supply for Macarthur.

A decision from the state government regarding the expansion is expected soon.

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