Best wines go on show

TESTING TIME: Fifth generation winemaker David Morris heads the judges at the South Coast Wine Show. THE Shoalhaven Coast is gaining increasing recognition as a wine region, with several of the area’s wineries gaining awards at wine shows all over the country.
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And in coming weeks the local wineries will be pitting their best against wines from the Southern Highlands as they bid for awards at the South Coast Wine Show, sponsored by Hazcorp Pty Limited and Bawley Liquor Barn.

The winners will be decided by fifth generation winemaker David Morris, who really knows his wines.

He has been described as one of Australia’s most outstanding winemakers after having achieved unprecedented show success from his winery Morris Wines at Rutherglen in Victoria.

So when he praises the quality of wines produced in the Shoalhaven and Southern Highlands, it is praised backed by detailed knowledge and an expectation of excellence.

Mr Morris has been chief judge at the past few South Coast Wine Shows, and in 2014 he awarded medals to nearly half of all the wines entered, lavishing praise on the quality of wine being produced in the region.

He is back as chief judge in the 2015 awards, supported by fellow judges Nicole Esdaile from Coombe Farm Estate in the Yarra Valley and Nick O’Leary from Lake George, near Bungendore.

Entries are being collated until Friday, January 9, before judging takes place on Thursday, January 22.

Members of the public will be able to taste the entries and sample the best wines in the region, speak to the judges and also hear from winemakers, during a function at the Mollymook Golf Club from 6pm to 7.30pm on Friday, January 23.

Tickets are $15 and include using a chance to sample all the wines entered in the show, accompanied by Unicorn cheese and finger food, along with enjoying live music from talented young duo Hannah and Monica.

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Skate park on a roll

ABOUT five years of dreaming, organising and waiting have paid off for Harry Douglas.
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When he was in Year 6, he thought a skate park would be a great facility for Aberdeen.

To get the idea rolling, he started to talk to people about its potential, and received support from a number of locals including Fiona Tickle and Hunter Valley Local Area Command youth liaison officer Sheree Gray.

Next Thursday, the new Deen City Skate Park will be officially opened.

Harry, now 16, is pleased to see the facility is already being used by keen skaters and riders.

“It is pretty good – they seem to like it,” he told the Hunter Valley News.

“I think it will get some people out of trouble.”

The project costs $110,000 and Upper Hunter Shire Council provided $60,000, the NSW Government contributed $25,000 under the 2013/14 Sport and Recreation Participation and Facility Grant Program, and Deen City Youth Group, the team which the skate park was named after, raised $25,000.

Members of the public are invited to attend the official opening at the skate park’s Jefferson Park location at 2pm on January 15. And, the person who suggested the chosen name of the skate park will receive a $100 Seven complete skateboard from wiK’ed Frogs Board Room in Singleton at the function.

Aberdeen Lions Club will cook sausage sizzles so those planning on attending are asked to register by contacting [email protected] or 6540 1175.

Upper Hunter Shire mayor Michael Johnsen said Jefferson Park was already a popular location and becoming an ever better recreational destination for all ages.

A concept design for new, existing, and future facilities at Jefferson Park can be viewed at the Upper Hunter Shire Council website.

LONG WAIT IS OVER: Harry Douglas, 16, is pleased to see people are using the new Deen City Skate Park, which will be officially opened next week.

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Around Cootamundra – January 7

Around Cootamundra – January 7 CHRISTMAS JOYNow how special is this photo taken over Christmas when the ‘offspring’ of the late Tom and Ethel Meale all gathered here in Cootamundra, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren (24 in total) to delight in catch up time.AND they are pictured here doing a little retail therapy at our Parker Street stores.
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FISHING ADVENTUREThe McAinsh boys, father David, son Gavin, and grandson Patrick pictured recently having a wonderful weekend fishing. All caught cod with Patrick’s being the biggest at 105cms but they were all caught and released to fight another day. What a great thrill for them all. AND Grandpa had to hold onto Patrick’s life vest so he didn’t end up in the water with the fish, it was SO big

REMEMBERING RUTHIt was with sadness that we report on the passing of Mrs Ruth Hulm.Ruth was a lifetime member of the Cootamundra community, a TOP lady who would do ANYTHING for you.When our children were little we moved to 6 Ursula Street and had as neighbours Ruth and her children (sadly her beloved husband Terry passed away at a very early age) , Barry and Sally Lawler, Albert and Lurle Fenning, the Paul Miers family and Ken and Esme Walsh. AND what happy years were spent there, Our children still recall the HAPPY DAYS of growing up in Ursula Street!AND Ruth’s much loved grandson Zac Hulm, at the age of 18 years, was diagnosed with leukaemia, the prognosis was not good and the doctors set about finding a compatible bone marrow donor. Family members were tested and grandmother Ruth Hulm was a perfect match. The operation went ahead in August, 1997, and the rest ‘is history’ – Zac is now a very fit and well man in his mid 30’s, thanks to his grandmothers gift!!AND of course Ruth’s association with the Cootamundra Rugby League Bulldogs is legendary. One could tell many a fun story of Ruth’s days watching her beloved Bulldogs play and giving referee Tommy Spain HEAPS if he was not doing the job to her liking!SYMPATHY is extended to her children David Hulm, Louise de Britt and Roslyn Hulm at this sad time.Ruth’s ‘farewell’ will take place tomorrow in the Sacred Heart Church, commencing at 11am.In lieu of flowers donations to the Southern Cross Care Cootamundra Retirement Village Auxiliary would be appreciated

ARCHIE’S ARRIVALWhat a gem of a photo – big sister Faith Hulford (aged 9) nursing her new baby brother Archie Thomas Hulford. Archie is the son of Ben and Erin Hulford, of Jilliby, Central Coast, and a grandson for Cootamundra couple Doug and Jenny Hulford. And great grandparents are Robert and Joy Green and Mrs Kay Hulford all of Cootamundra.CONGRATULATIONS to all.

TweetFacebookBOUND FOR PARKESIt’s that time of year when ‘thousands’ gather out at Parkes to commemorate the life of Elvis Presley.

On Friday a train will leave Central Station, every seat taken with fans of Elvis Presley, bound for a phenomenal weekend at Parkes.

If any locals are heading out that way this weekend we would LOVE photos!

MOVIE TIMELooking for something to do TODAY?

Well, in the Tin Shed Theatre at the Arts Centre a splendid movie is showing –

Titled ‘The Invisible Women’ staring Ralph Fines, Felicity Jones and Kristin Scott Thomas.

A great English movie based on the life of Charles Dickens – at the height of his career Charles Dickens meets a younger woman who will become his secret lover until his death.

The times today are 10.30am then again at 7pm, plus Sunday next at 5pm.

And remember that the Tin Shed Theatre is air conditioned for your comfort.

And I will keep you tuned to a TOP movie event taking place on Australia Day (it does sound like SUCH FUN!!)

TAKING A BREAKCC’s at Christ Church Centre, there in Thompson Street, is taking a well earned break and will once again be ‘open for business’ mid month. I will keep you tuned.

US VISITORSHow nice for Marie and Harold Reid, of Cowcumbla Street, having their son Paul and his wife Julie visiting from the USA over Christmas.

Paul and Julie live in Texas where they are at the helm of an aviation business.

TOP RESULTSA number of local students have received excellent HSC results – Mitchell Trinder 93.05 and Joseph Lewis 81 (Mitchell flew out of Mascot International Airport earlier this week to do a Gap Year at a school in Gloucester, England.)

Also gaining top results were local girls Suzie Alderman 93.04, Annabelle Biddulph 97.

Proud grandparents George and Pat Fitzgerald were delighted for their granddaughter Samantha Doolan who attended Hennessy College, Young, and obtained a result of 92.

Greg and Colleen Hines, of Wallendbeen, were thrilled for their granddaughter Daisy Hines (the daughter of Gerard and Berenice Hines) who gained a mark of 99.01.

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL.

HERE TO STAYAND I am delighted to let everyone know that I will be continuing here this year at the Cootamundra Herald in my capacity as the ‘happy news lady’ writing the Around Cootamundra page.

So bring on a ‘bigger and better’ 2015 as we at the Herald move on to a ‘bigger andbetter’ Cootamundra Herald with our new technology.

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Sydney petrol price drops below $1

Sydney petrol price plunge: The price of unleaded petrol drops below $1 per litre for the first time in six years.
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Port Macquarie, December 31: Whilemotorists in major cities have received some festive fuel pricing respite, Port Macquarie appears to have missed out when it comes to cheaper fuel.

Sydney, January 6:The new year has delivered Sydney motorists a milestone at the bowser, with petrol prices falling below $1 a litre for the first time in six years.

Metro Petroleum is leading the charge, dropping the price of E10 to 99.9 cents per litre at three of its Sydney stations in Tempe, Revesby and Blakehurst at 1pm on Tuesday.

About 20 per cent of all fuel sold in NSW is E10 unleaded.

Metro Petroleum’s pricing officer Elie Dib said he expected the price to hold below a dollar for a week.

“I think everyone is looking for cheap prices again. There’s lots of interest and everyone’s enjoying it again,” he said.

Although one station in western Sydney had a pre-Christmas sale of 99 cent petrol for oneday, the last time Sydneysiders regularly fuelled up at sub-dollar prices was in December 2009.

The last time the average national petrol price was below a dollar was in the week of February 12-20, 2005. It is currently sitting at $1.14 per litre.

The falling bowser price reflects a worldwide glut in oil, which has seen prices drop more than 40 cents a litre from a $1.55 high in July 2014.

According to NRMA spokesman Peter Khoury, motorists could expect the relief at the bowser to continue for “the next few weeks”.

“What we are seeing in the global market right now is something we haven’t seen in a very long time,” Mr Khoury said.”The United States have been increasing production year-on-year now for a few years. As a result, Saudi Arabia has increased production to compete.

“So you’ve got this bizarre situation globally where there is more oil on the market than what we are using, hence the falling prices.”

This global oversupply has seen the price of Brent crude fallen to $US53.25 per barrel overnight, while West Texas Intermediate plunged below $US50 per barrel.

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Art and food combine

FOR THE BIRDS: Artist Sue Nagel puts some of her artwork on display in Mollymook. BIRDS are keeping a close watch on people dining at the Tallwood eatery in Mollymook.
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However it is nothing like an Alfred Hitchcock thriller, as the birds are incredibly lifelike depictions from renowned artist Sue Nagel.

Sue has exhibited her paintings all over the world, and at one stage had an exhibition in London opened by Captain Mark Phillips.

She has also had exhibitions in the USA, Morocco, China, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Adelaide, and now her 24th exhibition is being held in the acclaimed local restaurant.

Her art adorns the eatery’s walls, providing a strong emphasis on the birds Sue sees around her Kioloa home.

“I just love all animals, and all my life I’ve loved birds,” she explained.

Flowers and bush racing scenes featuring the vibrant colours of the outback are also included in the exhibition that began when the paintings were hung on Monday.

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Horsham’s Darcy Tucker heads to United States for NAB AFL Academy training camp

Darcy Tucker. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER
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HORSHAM footballer Darcy Tucker will travel to the United States to complete a training camp with the NAB AFL Academy squad on Friday.

The camp will run for 10 days from Saturday at the IMG Academy in Florida and features the academy’s 35 level two scholarship holders.

The IMG Academy is renowned for developing elite athletes and has a focus on responsibility, leadership and determination.

RELATED: Darcy Tucker named in AFL Academy squad

Tucker was selected for the academy’s level two program after an impressive showing at the national under-18 championships last year, which culminated in him earning All-Australian selection.

The academy features some of the best under-18 players in the country.

AFL national and international talent manager Kevin Sheehan said the camp would help prepare players for an AFL career.

“This international tour provides our academy players with the opportunity to experience the nuances of travel and adjusting to the environmental issues of training professionally in different venues,” he said.

Recent academy graduates include Patrick McCartin, the number one overall pick at last year’s draft.

Seven of the top 10 draftees were members of the academy.

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Petrol prices drop below $1 per litre

The new year has delivered Sydney motorists a milestone at the bowser, with petrol prices falling below $1 a litre for the first time in six years.
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Metro Petroleum is leading the charge, dropping the price of E10 to 99.9 cents per litre at three of its Sydney stations in Tempe, Revesby and Blakehurst at 1pm on Tuesday.

About 20 per cent of all fuel sold in NSW is E10 unleaded.

Metro Petroleum’s pricing officer Elie Dib said he expected the price to hold below a dollar for a week.

“I think everyone is looking for cheap prices again. There’s lots of interest and everyone’s enjoying it again,” he said.

Although one station in western Sydney had a pre-Christmas sale of 99 cent petrol for one day, the last time Sydneysiders regularly fuelled up at sub-dollar prices was in December 2009.

The last time the average national petrol price was below a dollar was in the week of February 12-20, 2005. It is currently sitting at $1.14 per litre.

The falling bowser price reflects a worldwide glut in oil, which has seen prices drop more than 40 cents a litre from a $1.55 high in July 2014.

According to NRMA spokesman Peter Khoury, motorists could expect the relief at the bowser to continue for “the next few weeks”.

“What we are seeing in the global market right now is something we haven’t seen in a very long time,” Mr Khoury said.

“The United States have been increasing production year-on-year now for a few years. As a result, Saudi Arabia has increased production to compete.

“So you’ve got this bizarre situation globally where there is more oil on the market than what we are using, hence the falling prices.”

This global oversupply has seen the price of Brent crude fallen to $US53.25 per barrel overnight, while West Texas Intermediate plunged below $US50 per barrel.

Where in the Illawarra have you seen the best fuel price? Let us know in the comments below.

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ACCC – East Asia-Pacific v Queensland, day two: PHOTOS

QUEENSLAND was chasing a high-scoring victory in Tuesday’s conclusion to its first-round clash with East Asia-Pacific at the Australian Country Cricket Championships.
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After a strong bowling performance on day one, Queensland’s batsmen struck the ball to many parts of the oval.

ACCC – East Asia-Pacific v Queensland, day two: PHOTOS Queensland’s Sean Fitzsimmons winds up to play this delivery to the on-side at Eaglehawk. Picture: JIM ALDERSEY

Viliame Manakitoga bowls for East Asia-Pacific in the clash with Queensland at Eaglehawk.

Judith Lindores, Ann McCarthy and Natasha Metzroth at Eaglehawk’s Canterbury Park. Picture: JIM ALDERSEY

Simpson Obed from Vanuatu fields for East Asia-Pacific at Eaglehawk’s Canterbury Park.

Sean Fitzsimmons strikes another four for Queensland. Picture: JIM ALDERSEY

East Asia-Pacific wicket-keeper Sekova Ravoka from Fiji.

Connor Attwater and Bailey Ilsley at Eaglehawk’s Canterbury Park. Picture: JIM ALDERSEY

East Asia-Pacific’s vice-captain Jelany Chilia bowls in the clash with Queensland Country at Eaglehawk’s Canterbury Park.

Carol and Ross Fitzsimmons watch Queensland Country take on East Asia-Pacific on the second day of their ACCC match at Eaglehawk’s Canterbury Park. Picture: JIM ALDERSEY

Sean Fitzsimmons lofts the ball in his innings for Queensland against East Asia-Pacific at Eaglehawk.

East Asia-Pacific wicket-keeper Sekove Ravoka.

Leanne and Lindsay Dickfos at Eaglehawk’s Canterbury Park. Picture: JIM ALDERSEY

Queensland’s Ben O’Connell.

Queensland Country fans Bob and Mary Skau watch their team take on East Asia-Pacific at Eaglehawk’s Canterbury Park. Picture: JIM ALDERSEY

Ben O’Connell belts this delivery in Queensland’s clash with East Asia-Pacific at Eaglehawk.

Queensland Country scorer Rodd Palmer and East Asia-Pacific scorer Fiona Minett cast a keen eye over the action at Eaglehawk’s Canterbury Park. Picture: JIM ALDERSEY

Ben O’Connell defends in his innings for Queensland.

Jeff Hulls and Greg Sharp watch Queensland Country take on East Asia-Pacific at Eaglehawk on day two of the ACCC titles. Picture: JIM ALDERSEY

Queensland’s Ben O’Connell.

Troy Fryer and Cameron Villani watch East Asia-Pacific take on Queensland Country at Eaglehawk’s Canterbury Park. Picture: JIM ALDERSEY

Vanuatu’s Jelany Chilia bowls for East Asia-Pacific bowls at Eaglehawk.

Ben O’Connell from Ipswich in action for Queensland Country against East Asia-Pacific at Eaglehawk’s Canterbury Park.

Queensland’s Ben O’Connell.

Queensland’s Ben O’Connell.

Ben O’Connell defends in his innings for Queensland Country against East Asia-Pacific at Eaglehawk.

Jelany Chilia bowls for East Asia-Pacific against Queensland Country at Eaglehawk.

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Target close for clock revamp

FUNDS are tantalisingly close to being raised for the refurbishment of the Town Clock – so close you can nearly hear it chiming!
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The Cootamundra Development Corporation is assisting to keep track of the fundraising going on and says around $6000 is necessary to reach the target and allow for all works and any unforeseen contingencies.

There have been some big donations of late including one from an anonymous benefactor who listed themselves only as ‘anonymous business person’ before depositing $5000 into the bank account allocated for the collection of funds.

In addition to this generous donations have been received from the Bicycle Users Group, Christine Wishart’s Dance Studio, Lambing Flat Enterprises, Cootamundra Restorers Car Club, the Mens Shed, Cootamundra Antique Motor Club and EA Southee School.

Other pledges include $3000 by the building owner, $5000 from Cootamundra Shire Council, $3000 from Australia Post and $2000 from Cootamundra Shire Councillor Mary Donnelly, who essentially kickstarted the latest fundraising effort with her donation last year.

Currently $22,725 sits in the account for the refurbishment.

The proposal to fix the clock is to retrofit modern technology to the existing mechanism to make it reliable, capable of recovering after a power failure and adjust itself for daylightsavings.

New clock face numerals will be added to enhance the clock.

To donate to the cause contact the Cootamundra Development Corporation, now located at 169a Parker Street (formerly DMX Technologies).

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Elanor isn’t flexible about her study choice

FOLLOWING HER DREAM: Elanor Nunn is preparing to head off to Melbourne to further her circus career after being accepted into a course at the National Institute of Circus Arts. Photo: CHRIS SEABROOK 122214circus
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WHILE some students are waiting anxiously for an offer to study their preferred university course, recent Kelso High School graduate Elanor Nunn is already well on her way to her dream career.

In November, Ms Nunn was offered a position at the National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA) to study a Certificate IV in Circus Arts that willcatapult her into an exciting world of performing.

Applying was not a simple process, but word of her acceptance came quickly.

“I applied in September, the auditions were in early October, and I found out in November,” Ms Nunn said.

Her love of circus began at around age 13 when she started at Kelso High, where a circus program runs in conjunction with other subjects.

Students learn everything from basic circus skills like tumbling to the more advanced aerial apparatus, including the trapeze.

“My specialty is the tissues,” Ms Nunn said.

“It is quite nerve-racking, but when you’ve done it enough you know when the wraps are right.”

Kelso High’s circus program gives students plenty of external performance opportunities.

“As my skills developed, I started going to Sydney, where I trained with aerials,” Ms Nunn said.

The 17-year-old said her focus has turned from performance to the behind-the-scenes work that goes into making a circus show.

“Ultimately, I would love to get into the design aspects of the circus,” she said.

Her course will certainly give her the tools to do so.

She hopes that after she completes her Certificate IV she will be able to move on to do a Bachelor of Circus Arts at NICA, which will go into the circus business and career management in more depth.

In the future, Ms Nunn would like to combine her years of classical ballet experience with her circus training to create new, unique shows.

“The way I see it is that circus is a greatcombination of dance and gymnastics,” she said.

“There will certainly be an element of dance in what I do.”

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