Archive for July, 2019

   Jul 22

Free mulch at Mt Vincent tip

Maitland residents can pick up a free trailer load of mulch from Mount Vincent Waste Management Centre this month as part of Maitland City Council’s Mulch Madness promotion.
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Don’t miss out on picking up a trailer load of free mulch from the Mount Vincent Waste Management Centre.

The mulch has been composted and is a great addition to any garden.

It helps retain soil moisture, provides root protection during hot and cold weather and reduces weed growth.

A self-load stockpile will also be available at the tip for residents who want to collect small amounts of mulch, rather than a trailer load.

Council’s development and environment manager David Simm said the centre had received more than 1900 tonnes of storm-damaged green waste as a result of the April super storm. He said the green waste had since been turned into mulch.

“There is plenty to go around, so if you or anyone you know needs mulch then make sure you take advantage of this offer,” he said.

“With spring just around the corner, it’s a great time to get your garden looking great and prepared for the warmer growth season.”

Residents can collect a trailer load of mulch throughout July, between 8.30am and 3.30pm any day.

People can also arrange to have a truck deliver mulch to them if they are unable to collect it. One truck load contains about six cubic metres.

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   Jul 22

Ready to get back in the saddle

Riders will take in picturesque outback scenery during the Border Ride.IF YOU’RE wondering why all of a sudden there seems to more cyclists than usual around the city – the answer is the annual Irish Club Border Ride is just around the corner.
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The August 1 event is now in its eighth year and organisers forecast previous records will be broken with rider numbers.

Inquiries are coming in from all over and already plans are under way for a team of 14 from Julia Creek to attend.

George Fisher Mine has reportedly amassed a formidable team of more than 30 riders.

Team manager Ross Lovejoy has thrown down the challenge to the Copper Mine employees and any other mine or company.

Showing how serious they are, Lovejoy has appointed German former sprint king Cornelius Slotta as coach and mentor.

Known as the ‘‘Hardman from Hamburg’’ in his racing days, Slotta was once given a 12-month suspension for continually head butting at finish lines and this, by Slotta’s own admission, was before helmets were introduced.

Slotta said he was hoping to ride alongside Copper Team captain Simon Pope at the finish.

“Pope has had a lot to say since I arrived in town about me possibly ‘being over the hill’,’’ he said.

‘‘I hope his helmet has plenty of padding.’’

Asked whether there were any standout riders in the team he replied: “Obviously Mount Isa’s cycling superstar, Steve Carson”.

“We have built the team around Carson and he is currently down in the Hunter Valley for a fortnight doing altitude training, which will be followed by a week in Vanuatu where he will taper off prior to the ride.’’

Those close to Carson have said though this may well mean he’ll be two weeks at a pub on a hill followed by a week sobering up.

Ride stalwarts Glen Rysanek and Roy Pattison will line up for their fifth Border Ride.

Rysanek said they were confident of improving on previous performances.

“We were over the moon last year when ‘Patto’ only fell off twice during the ride. Once when he stood still at the start and the other when he had pulled up at the water stop and couldn’t get the cleats out,’’ he said.

“In fairness to Roy though, the oil he sprayed onto the pedals was actually liquid superglue. With poor labelling, a mistake anyone could make.”

In the lead-up to the ride, the annual Border Ride dinner will once again be held at the Irish Club on July 30.

Last year’s proved to be an enormous success and organiser Sue Wicks is urging people to book early as there is limited seating.

Last year, organisers entertained guests by profiling local rider Max Shawcross along with a ride preview presented in a somewhat different way.

Guest speaker Wayne Sanchez kept people laughing with anecdotes from an illustrious cycling career, which he assured everyone was not over. Keeping his promise, Sanchez went out two days later and set a record time of four hours and 54 minutes for the 202-kilometre ride.

This year’s guest brings stories from Australian and international tours. His name, well you’ll have to come along to find out, although some know him as ‘‘King Kunda’’.

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   Jul 22

Roosters cruise to big win over Blues

CONTEST: South Warrnambool’s Bridget Smith flies for a high ball while Warrnambool’s Taylah Antonio closes in to apply pressure from behind. Picture: Aaron Sawall.
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THE absence of two team leaders did not stop South Warrnambool fromracking up a comfortable 53-32 win over Warrnambool on Sunday.

Roosters coach Susan Pettigrew was overseas for work while seniorplayer Leah Kermeenwas on the Gold Coast running a marathon.

Fill-in coach Monique Smith said it was a strong team effort by the Roosters.

“Our defensive pressure all over the court was fantastic,” Smith said.

“That allowed us to drive forward and Nell Mitchell was very good in goals.”

South Warrnambool couldn’t afford to drop this game as they sitas one of four teams from fourth to seventh on the ladder,all on six wins.

The 21-goal margin was also an important part of the win with percentage likely to play a big part in the final make-up of the top five.

The loss leaves Warrnambool without a win after 11 rounds.

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   Jul 22

NBN to rollout in city’s eastern suburbs

Federal Newcastle MP Sharon Claydon.Beresfield, Tarro, Woodberry and Thornton have been included in the latest National Broadband Network rollout announcement.
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Work to deliver the high-speed internet service to these towns will begin next year.

Federal Newcastle MP Sharon Claydon, whose electorate includes Beresfield, Tarro, Woodberry and Thornton, said the announcement was welcome news.

“A number of Newcastle suburbs, including the poorly serviced broadband areas of Thornton and Stockton, have at last been formally added to the National Broadband Network rollout plan,” she said.

“This is a significant win for residents who have campaigned tirelessly to be added to the NBN rollout plan since the Abbott Liberal government wiped the entire region off the maps when they were elected.

“Access to high-speed broadband is an essential service and vital for educational, health, social, business and everyday transactional applications.”

Several other Newcastle suburbs were also included in the rollout announcement.

NBN Co chief operating officer Greg Adcock said one in 10 homes and businesses across Australia could already connect to the NBN and the organisation hoped to more than double that rate with the construction work that would begin in the next 18 months.

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   Jul 22

Cup roadshow rides into town

John Letts and Banjo ‘‘chat’’ to Scott Seamer and Ethereal after the 2001 Melbourne Cup.
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AS the 2015 Emirates Melbourne Cup Tour prepares to head to Mount Isa, Cloncurry and Boulia, the Victoria Racing Club has announced that Melbourne Cup-winning jockey Scott Seamer will join the local community in celebrating the tour in Queensland.

Seamer will be the special guest on this leg of the tour, including attending a day of community celebrations in Boulia, a mine site tour in Mount Isa and a visit to the John Flynn Place Art Gallery and Museum in Cloncurry.

Seamer etched his name in Australian racing history with a rare Caulfield-Melbourne Cup double atop Ethereal in 2001.

VRC chief executive Simon Love said he was excited to welcome Seamer to the Emirates Melbourne Cup Tour, the first time as an official ambassador.

“Scott’s win on Ethereal in 2001 to secure the Caulfield and Melbourne Cup double was a remarkable moment in Australian racing history.

“We are delighted to have a Melbourne Cup-winning jockey escorting this year’s cup to Queensland, where he will share his unique story with the people of Mount Isa, Cloncurry and Boulia,” Mr Love said.

The cup will visit Mount Isa on Thursday, July 9, Cloncurry on Saturday, July 11, and Sunday, July 12, and Boulia on Tuesday, July 14.

The $175,000, 18-carat gold Emirates Melbourne Cup trophy starts its tour this month and will travel to 33 towns and cities across Australia, New Zealand and for the first time, Malaysia, where it will join a special World War II memorial service.

The 2015 Emirates Melbourne Cup will return to Melbourne on Monday, October 26, before the running of the 155th Emirates Melbourne Cup on the first Tuesday in November.

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